Richard Petty Motorsports plans to seek new home in 2018
Richard Petty Motorsports’ 2018 NASCAR plans are not yet finalized but one thing is for certain – it will not return to the 78,000 square-foot facility it currently leases in Mooresville, N.C.
A spokesperson for RPM confirmed a listing on the Internet site LoopNet.com that has RPM’s current shop at 112 Byers Creek Rd. listed as available for lease beginning in December 2017.
RPM currently fields one team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for driver Aric Almirola. The organization fielded two Cup teams as recently as the 2016 season.
“The building is up for lease at the end of the year. RPM chose not to sign the lease for next year,” the statement from the RPM spokesperson said.
“Plans are still undecided for next year for the team, but they do know the building is too big for their needs.”
There has been much speculation surrounding the future of RPM, whether it was going to continue to field one Cup team or add a second team or even merge with an existing Cup series operation.
Darrell Wallace Jr., who subbed for Almirola earlier this season when he recovered from a back injury, has been mentioned as a possible second driver if sponsorship were obtained.
The most frequent mentioned team for a possible merger has been Richard Childress Racing, sources told Motorsport.com
RPM moved into its current facility in 2014. It had previously occupied the same location in Talbert Pointe in 2007 and 2008.
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