Richard Petty was all smiles at the end of the Atlanta NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this past Sunday. His driver Kasey Kahne ran brilliantly over the 325 laps of hard fought action where many were looking for the chance to make it into this...
Richard Petty was all smiles at the end of the Atlanta NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this past Sunday. His driver Kasey Kahne ran brilliantly over the 325 laps of hard fought action where many were looking for the chance to make it into this year's Chase for the Cup. This weekend's event at Richmond International Raceway will determine the final 12. Kahne's determination at Atlanta Motor Speedway moved him into sixth in the standings when he scored his second victory in 2009.
"I've been real fortunate, won a bunch of races and stuff. It never gets old. I've never won enough that it got old and boring as far as that part is concerned," said Petty after Kahne's Atlanta victory. "Again, it's a new adrenaline flow every time we run a race or win a race."
In January 2009, Petty moved his operations up a notch by merging with George Gillett Jr. and Ray Evernham. Gillett Jr was the main player with Petty when Evernham announced he would be a minor owner while going into track ownership and working with up and coming young racers. The merger landed under the banner: Richard Petty Motorsports.
Kahne came along with the package deal from the Gillett-Evernham team. He has proved his worth and his ability and has given The King reasons to move forward.
Today, September 10th, Petty and Gillett have formed a new partnership, this time with Yates Racing. The main news on the new deal is that Petty will have the Blue Oval in his shops, not the usual Plymouth/Dodge/Chrysler products that many associate the "Petty Blue" with but at one time in his racing career, Petty himself drove a Ford in competition.
"This is a pretty big deal for us. We're thrilled to partner with Ford," said Petty. "We've talked with a lot of folks, but in the end it came down to the success the Gilletts and I think we can achieve with Ford Racing. Right now this deal is real new. There are lots of details still left to be ironed out so we don't have a lot of answers for anyone right now. We'll be working on all that in the coming days, weeks and months, but we do intend to have everything in place before the start of next season. I've won races with Ford and plan to again."
Keeping the Richard Petty Motorsports name, the team will run four cars. The strength of RPM and Yates is one they all hope will lead them to the desire goal -- the Cup championship!
"This plan is clearly in the best interest of the Ford Racing community," said Doug Yates, co-owner of Yates Racing. "On a personal level, I am excited about the opportunity to focus my full energy on building Ford horsepower. We look forward to working with Richard Petty Motorsports to produce power second to none. There are many details to be worked out with Richard Petty Motorsports and as we finalize those details we will keep everyone informed."
Paul Menard comes with the 2010 deal but the rest of the details will be worked out at a later time. For now the two teams are still rivals on the track.
"Richard and Kasey showed us Sunday night in Atlanta that they like winning quite a bit and Ford is going to provide the support that we need to go to victory lane more often," RPM team managing partner Foster Gillett said. "If you are going to compete with the other teams in this sport you need a lot of support. We bring a lot to this relationship as well. We've won twice this season and the power of Richard Petty is hard to beat, plus we have the support of some of the biggest names in corporate America."