RPM renews partnership with Ford Performance

Richard Petty Motorsports looks to strengthen ties with the Blue Oval in 2016 and beyond.

Richard Petty Motorsports will continue its relationship with Ford Performance, sources have confirmed to Motorsport.com. 

An announcement is scheduled at the team’s Mooresville, N.C. shop on Tuesday. 

The organization enjoys a storied past under the guidance of seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty. RPM currently fields two Sprint Cup teams and an Xfinity Series program.

The foundation of RPM stems from Evernham Motorsports, which debuted in 2000. RPM evolved from the four-Dodge team from Gillett Evernham Motorsports and began making the transition to Ford at the end of the 2009 season. 

Current RPM principal Andy Murstein rescued the company in November 2010 and the organization scaled down to the Nos. 43 and 9 Fords the following season. RPM has since won three Sprint Cup races.

Last season, Aric Almirola’s victory in the No. 43 Ford at Daytona International Speedway enabled the organization to transfer into the Chase for the first time since Kasey Kahne pulled off the feat in 2009 and finished 10th. 

Almirola has enjoyed a solid season in 2015 with two top fives and three top 10 finishes. He is currently 17th in the point standings and is enjoying a career-best average finish for the season.

The organization is currently evaluating the status of the No. 9 Ford as Sam Hornish Jr. has struggled to remain in the top 25 despite a change of crew chiefs.

The relationship with Ford Performance and the King dates back to 1969 when Petty piloted the No. 43 Ford Torino to nine wins and a second-place finish in the point standings to fellow Ford racer David Pearson.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Aric Almirola , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports
Article type Breaking news