CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 18, 2000) Petty Enterprises announced Tuesday a major restructuring of its NASCAR Winston Cup Series operation, which will number three cars in 2001, including a sponsorship search for its No. 44 Pontiacs. Petty...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 18, 2000) Petty Enterprises announced Tuesday a major restructuring of its NASCAR Winston Cup Series operation, which will number three cars in 2001, including a sponsorship search for its No. 44 Pontiacs.
Petty Enterprises CEO Kyle Petty is currently splitting time in the No. 44 Hot Wheels Pontiacs in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the No. 45 Sprint Chevrolets in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division. He will concentrate solely on the NASCAR Busch Series program beginning at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 2.
Petty, 40, will drive the No. 45 Sprint Dodges in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in 2001.
Steve Grissom, who currently drives the No. 43 Dodge Motorsports Dodge Rams in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, will complete the NASCAR 2000 season with that program. He will also drive the No. 44 Hot Wheels Pontiacs in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series beginning with the Southern 500 on Sept. 3 at Darlington.
John Andretti is the driver of the team's No. 43 Cheerios Pontiacs in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. That program will also switch to Dodges in 2001.
Hot Wheels will change from the primary sponsor on the No. 44 cars to an associate sponsor on all three of Petty Enterprises' NASCAR Winston Cup Series entries. Hot Wheels Racing will continue to work with Richard and Kyle Petty and the other Petty Enterprises drivers, Andretti and Grissom, for personal appearances and promotional programs throughout the year.
Kyle Petty said the search for a new primary sponsor for the No. 44 cars would begin immediately and that the team has targeted companies on par with the ones they currently have relationships with.
"Sprint, Mattel, General Mills, Dodge and Coca-Cola are some of the strongest, most successful companies in the world and they're featured on our stable of cars," Petty said. "We're excited about what the future holds for all of our teams and look forward to adding a new sponsor to the No. 44 car to complement this group."