Richard Petty Motorsports’ Sammy Johns, formerly the team’s vp of competition, will relinquish his duties both at the shop and at the track to Philippe Lopez and Scott McDougall, the team announced today in a press release.
In the official statement, RPM stated that it was an “immediate, aggressive strategy to improve speed, performance, and future growth of RPM.”
“The past several years, we have made significant investments in our organization with the goal of winning races and to compete at a high level on a weekly basis,” Brian Moffitt, RPM’s CEO, said in the release. “We now have direction over our own chassis and bodies and work closely with Ford Performance on technology and engineering. With these investments, unfortunately, we have not seen the on-track results that we expected this season.
“As we look ahead to 2017, we are taking steps forward to improve our on-track product to better serve our partners and fans. This means analyzing every part of our organization and making adjustments where needed. Sammy Johns has been a big part of our organization; he helped us succeed in many different ways and helped us become a winning race team. We wish him nothing but the best going forward.”
The role changes for Lopez and McDougall will take effect this weekend at Darlington Speedway, where the RPM teams managed an 11th-place finish with the No. 43 of Aric Almirola and a 28th-place finish with Sam Hornish, Jr. in 2015.
RPM fields teams for Almirola and Brian Scott in 2016. It formerly had a 2016 XFINITY Series team with Jeb Burton, but that team has since been parked.