Petty Blue Oval?! Richard Petty Motorsports Merges With Yates For 2010 Season
It’s been all but known that Richard Petty Motorsports would be leaving its trademark Dodge cars behind after the conclusion of 2009, but it’s probably safe to say there were few out there that expected a move to Ford.
But that’s what happened. Richard Petty Motorsports announced today plans to merge with Yates Racing and to compete as a four-car Ford team in 2010. Current RPM drivers Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and A.J. Allmendinger will remain with the operation, while current Yates driver Paul Menard will fill the team’s fourth seat. The team will compete under the Richard Petty Motorsports banner.
Current Yates Racing owner Doug Yates welcomed the merger, saying “This plan is clearly in the best interest of the Ford Racing community. On a personal level, I am excited about the opportunity to focus my full energy on building Ford horsepower.”
The merger leaves the current driver of RPM’s No. 43 car, Reed Sorenson, without a Cup ride for 2010. The move also puts to rest rumors that RPM would be moving to the Toyota camp after announcing over the summer a partnership with Toyota-backed Braun Racing to field Nationwide Series cars for Kahne and Sadler.
Four New Inductees to NMPA Hall of Fame
On January 16, 2010, four new names will be inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association’s Hall of Fame for their contributions to stock car racing. The high-powered class includes owners Roger Penske, Jack Roush and Robert Yates, as well as 1989 Cup Series champion Rusty Wallace. They will be inducted at a ceremony to be held in Concord, NC.
Mike Wallace Lands Sponsor for NNS Race at Richmond, No. 01 Car
Mike Wallace, the new driver of JD Motorsports’ No. 01 entry, will be carrying new colors under the lights at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night. In addition to the team’s associate sponsors, Wallace will sport a Union Bank and Trust paint scheme in Virginia’s capital. Sponsorship has yet to be announced for the team’s second, No. 0 car and driver Kertus Davis, who will likely start and park should he qualify for Friday’s 250 lap event.