Robin Pemberton has come home to Petty Enterprises. Pemberton began his career in NASCAR with Richard Petty and now holds the position of vice president and general manager for Petty Enterprises (PE).
"I started my career here at Petty Enterprises, and now I have the opportunity to be a part of it continuing its resurgence. This is a great race team and where I want to be for the rest of my career."
Pemberton recently left Penske Racing. He said on leaving: "This is definitely as amicable a situation as possible," said Pemberton, crew chief for Wallace's team since 1995 who is expected to stay with the team until the end of the year. "I've been on the road for 22 straight years and I'm ready for a change. My boys are growing up so fast and I'm really missing that side of life so much. I'm looking forward to staying in the sport, but in a position where I'm in the shop most of the time and not a road warrior any more. I'll always be thankful to everyone involved here at Penske Racing for giving me some of the best years of my career. I may be changing jobs, but the friendships I've made here through the years will remain forever." (courtesy of PR)
His career as a crew chief yields top-notch records -- 499 starts and nearly $25 million in winnings. During that time, he has served with some of the top names including Kyle Petty, Mark Martin, Bobby Allison, Neil Bonnett and Rusty Wallace.
"I like being a winner, and Petty Enterprises is that kind of organization," said Pemberton. "I'm really excited about the opportunity to work with Kyle again, as a driver and as the guy in charge of the business. I've seen what John Andretti has done and the potential Buckshot Jones has.
I believe any crew chief will tell you - give me good drivers and a good engine, and I can beat a lot of people. Those three drivers, along with the engines Mike Ege puts together, and the leadership Kyle and Richard both offer, hey, this is a great situation for not just me but for everybody here."
Pemberton's position continues a series of bold moves made by Petty Enterprises over the past seasons. The first organization to join forces with Dodge for NASCAR Winston Cup racing, Petty Enterprises began an engineering agreement with Elan Technologies of Atlanta, Ga., last Spring; moved all three teams under one roof in Level Cross in the past month; added Mike Ege Racing engines as its exclusive supplier at the beginning of this year; and now has one of the sport's top organizational mechanical minds as Vice President and General Manager.
"Bringing Robin to our race teams is another important move in taking Petty Enterprises to where we want it to be," said CEO Kyle Petty in making the announcement. "One of the winningest crew chiefs in Winston Cup history joining one of the best engine builders with Mike Ege and bringing them together with all three of our race teams under one roof, we think these moves are going to be big for us."