NASCAR Cup: Richard Petty Motorsports scales back
Aric Almorola (left) and Richard Petty (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Richard Petty Motorsports is scaling back for the 2017 NASCAR premier series season, running only one car, the No. 43 Ford of Aric Almirola.
“At the conclusion of the 2016 season, we evaluated how to best improve our on-track product,” Richard Petty Motorsports CEO Brian Moffitt said in a statement released by RPM on Friday. “We feel that it’s in the best interest of our partners and for Richard Petty Motorsports to focus our resources on the No. 43 Ford Fusion and Aric in 2017. A concentrated effort on one team will position us for improvement, while giving us adequate time to reestablish our two-car team in 2018. For the interim, we will lease one of our two charters.”
RPM will lease its charter for its No. 44 team to GoFAS Racing in 2017. GoFAS Racing already had a charter for its No. 32 Ford to be raced by Matt DiBenedetto next year, but it has leased that charter to Wood Brothers Racing for its No. 21 Ford of Ryan Blaney for 2017.
Brian Scott drove the No. 44 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports in 2016 for his first full season on Sprint Cup Series competition, but he retired from full-time NASCAR competition at the end of the year.