Races  that Twisted Tea is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Daytona - 2/22
Charlotte - 5/24
Dover - 5/31
Daytona - 7/5
Races  that Nature Blast is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Bristol - 4/19
Races  that Jacob Companies is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Sonoma - 6/28
Races  that Speed Perks is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Kentucky - 7/11
Races  that Shaw's is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
New Hampshire - 7/19
New Hampshire - 9/27
Races  that Transportation Impact is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Michigan - 8/16
Races  that Blue Emu is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Bristol - 8/22
Races  that Winn-Dixie is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Darlington - 9/6, throwback
Talladega - 10/25
Races  that GoBowling.com is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Richmond - 9/12
Races  that WalMart is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Chicago - 9/20
Races  that Lowes Foods is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Charlotte - 10/10
Contract Status: Driver: 2015; Primary Sponsors: race-to-race; Manufacturer 2016+
Hornish Jr. and Ragan working on 2016 rides: With just seven races left in the 2015 Sprint Cup season, #9-Sam Hornish Jr. and #55-David Ragan find themselves in similar predicaments: Looking to secure rides for 2016. Hornish, who took over Richard Petty Motorsports' #9 Ford this season after spending the past three years in the XFINITY Series, needs additional sponsorship to be back in the car next year. Ragan, who has been in Michael Waltrip's #55 Toyota since mid-May, is without a ride because MWR is closing its doors at season's end. With few, if any, full-time Sprint Cup Series rides available for 2016, both Hornish and Ragan have limited options and, at least theoretically, limited time to get deals in place. Both, however, remain optimistic that they will be racing -- although maybe not in NASCAR's top series -- next season.
"Some teams have reached out to me. I've reached out to a few teams. Ultimately I don't have anything in the works or coming together right now," Ragan told FOXSports.com on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "I'm trying to be as patient as I can just to see what happens. A lot of times things change that are unexpected with some of these top teams in the last months of the season. We've had guys get fired after Homestead before. Drivers have issues, different things happen, so I'm patiently waiting for the right opportunity." Ragan said he would entertain running an XFINITY Series car for JGR next year if such an opportunity arose. Ragan, likewise, indicated he would be open to returning to Roush Fenway Racing -- the organization where he began his Sprint Cup career in 2007 and competed through 2011. Ragan wouldn't even be opposed to joining a Camping World Truck Series team, provided that team is a frontrunner. No matter where he ultimately ends up in 2016, Ragan would like to have a deal in place by the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "I'm not going to be impatient and just jump on the first thing that comes around, but I want to be in the most competitive ride that I can be in the Sprint Cup Series, and if I can't find that, where I'm happy and it's a good fit, I'll look at some options in the XFINITY Series and even in the Truck Series," he said. What Ragan does not want to do is compete for a Sprint Cup Series team that starts and parks. "I'm still young," the second-generation driver said. "I'll be 30 in December, and I want to race something to have fun. I don't want to be out here just making laps earning a paycheck. That's not what it's all about. ... I want to be in the Cup Series, but I want to be in something that I can race hard, and have a chance to win a race."
Hornish, meanwhile, admitted that the sponsorship uncertainty makes his future at Richard Petty Motorsports extremely tenuous. "From my understanding of all of it, they're still looking for money to make the 9 car happen," said Hornish, who has just three top 10s and no top fives in 29 starts for RPM. "We feel like at times if we ran a little bit better that might be a little bit easier, but all that being said, it's got to be the right fit for everybody, too. There's a ton of rumors going on about what's going to happen. There's probably a lot more rumors than there are truths." A former Indianapolis 500 winner and three-time IndyCar champion, Hornish competed full time in Sprint Cup for Team Penske from 2008-2010. He then drove two partial and two full XFINITY seasons before making a return to Sprint Cup this season. A father of three children under the age of eight, Hornish admittedly enjoyed having a few more breaks in the schedule the past three years despite wanting to get back to Cup. "I'm in a pretty good position with everything outside (of racing)," Hornish said. "I've got a wife and three kids. I'm in a great spot where I can choose to be a little bit picky about what I do, what I want to do, what I don't want to do, so that's obviously great. This year has been fun, I've done a lot of great things with the family, and I've missed some things, too. So all in all, I feel l'll be OK regardless." But make no mistake about it: Hornish wants to remain in NASCAR, preferably with a Sprint Cup Series team. "I want to be here and I want to be running these cars, whether it's on the Cup side or the XFINITY side," he said. "I want to be in something that's capable of running up front and should be able to do well, and that's all that really matters to me. Thank God that I've had enough opportunities for good things to happen that I don't have to go and get into something I don't feel comfortable with." Unlike Ragan, Hornish isn't concerned about having his plans lined up by the end of this season. "Ninety-nine percent of the things I've done in my lifetime were kind of last minute, so there's been a few times where it's been taken care of well in advance, but all in all whatever I happen to be racing next year I'd like to have a suit that matches the car, you know what I mean?" Hornish said. "I don't want it to be a last-minute thing, but I feel like there's obviously not a ton of great opportunities at this point in time for anybody that would be at this stage of the game."(FoxSports)(10-10-2015)
Hornish Jr. one and done at RPM? UPDATE: Prior to his full-time return to the Sprint Cup Series this season with Richard Petty Motorsports, #9-Sam Hornish had competed in just 23 series events over the course of the past four years. Twenty of those came from a partial schedule with his former employer Team Penske, and the other two were a fill-in stint for the injured Denny Hamlin and a one-off deal with Front Row Motorsports. RPM came into 2015 with a renewed feeling of promise and an extra skip in their step. The famed #43 team had made some great strides in 2014 with Aric Almirola, including a slot in the Chase and the return of Smithfield Foods. Prior to the Chase last season, Marcos Ambrose announced that he would not be returning to the team, leaving RPM with the task of finding a successor. David Ragan and Hornish were at the top of the list, and it had seemed as though Ragan was leading in the polls. Ultimately, Hornish got the nod and it was well received by his long-standing fan base, originating from his open-wheel days. This season, Hornish has scored just three top-10s; one in the Daytona 500 and the others in both road courses. He's currently 25th in the standings and has finished on the lead lap just seven times. Nine years in the series with a total of 153 starts, he's led less than 75 laps and finished in the top-10 only 12 times. After ten races this season, crew chief Drew Blickensderfer was out and Kevin "Bono" Manion was in, but that hasn't seemed to moved the needle in a positive direction. 2016 will probably have a different look and feel for RPM. The King [Richard Petty] has already moved into his new castle and they're rumored to be changing manufacturers. It's likely that Sam Hornish will be done at RPM. And with the impending demise of Michael Waltrip Racing, It is expected that David Ragan to be on a very short list of candidates - including Regan Smith.(Popular Speed)(8-15-2015)
UPDATE: Brian Moffitt, CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports, says that the team is not set on who will drive the #9 car next year. Sam Hornish Jr., in his first year with RPM, is 27th in the points heading into Charlotte. "Sam has been disappointed, we've been disappointed,'' said Moffitt, about the #9 car's performance this season. Hornish has three top-10 finishes and eight finishes of 30th or worse this year. He's scored five top-20 results in the last eight races. After struggles early in the season, Kevin Manion replaced Drew Blickensderfer as Hornish's crew chief in May. "We've seen good improvement,'' Moffitt said of Hornish. "He had a great race going at New Hampshire. He was in that range that we needed him to be, that 11th to 16th. We just need to finish. That's been our issue.'' Performance, though, isn't the only factor that will determine who will drive the #9 car next year. "Really, what it's going to boil down to is funding, where that funding comes from,'' Moffitt said. "We like Sam. We hope that that can continue there, but we're also looking at all options.'' Moffitt said the team does not have sponsorship set for the #9 car next year. Aric Almirola will return to the #43 next year - he and sponsor Smithfield signed a three-year extension in Jan. 2014. Smithfield is set to sponsor the car for 29 races annually. Moffitt says he's confident the other races will be set in the near future.(NBC Sports)(10-6-2015)
Petty expected to continue running Fords UPDATE: Richard Petty Motorsports will continue its relationship with Ford Performance. An announcement is expected 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. The organization is currently evaluating the status of the #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 #43 Ford Torino to nine wins and a second-place finish in the point standings to fellow Ford racer David Pearson.(Motorsport)(10-4-2015)
UPDATE: Key takeaways from the Ford extension announcement with Richard Petty Motorsports:
- The extension is a multiyear agreement vs one year agreements in the past.
- RPM will run Roush Yates Engines.
- RPM are continuing to work on a services agreement with Roush Fenway Racing.
"The goals and vision for Ford Performance are the same that we have here at Richard Petty Motorsports, win races and compete for championships and ultimately be champions. We both want to use technology and engineering to better our cars and teams to give our drivers the best chance to win races and championships." - Brian Moffit, CEO.(RPM Facebook)
AND Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) and Ford Performance announced today their commitment to winning races and championships together in an extension that will see the most storied organization in NASCAR continue to carry the iconic blue oval in years to come. The announcement ensures that Richard Petty Motorsports' two NASCAR Sprint Cup race teams and its XFINITY Series race team will continue to have the championship caliber engineering, technology and resources of Ford Performance. The partnership will also allow RPM to be leaders in race engineering, technology and to build for the future. Over the past year, officials from RPM and Ford Performance have worked diligently toward building a mutually beneficial relationship that has seen immediate results. Richard Petty Motorsports and Ford Performance have worked together in the wind tunnel, on aerodynamic packages and on collecting engineering data. The result has been increased consistency and performance for the organization proven by Aric Almirola and the #43 Ford Fusion having their most consistent season together and highest average finish to date.
"Our relationship with Ford Performance has a history, a present and now a future of winning races and competing for championships," said Richard Petty, co-owner, Richard Petty Motorsports. "As we took on additional internal responsibilities within our organization over the past 12 months, Dave Pericak and his team at Ford Performance have been with us supporting Richard Petty Motorsports each step of the way. And to know they will continue to be our partner is very important to our combined desire to make RPM a championship caliber organization.
Ford Performance has been the manufacture partner of RPM since 2010 and their roots with Richard Petty date back to 1969 when "The King" won nine times in a Ford Torino on his way to a runner-up finish in the championship. Ford Performance and RPM have three wins in the Sprint Cup Series and two wins in the XFINITY Series together, along with a total of 10 poles in both series. "Richard Petty Motorsports has made steady progress since joining our program, and we're looking forward to seeing them take that next step to being a consistent Chase participant," said Dave Pericak, director, Ford Performance. "We feel they have the people in place to achieve that goal, and we're going to do everything we can to provide them the resources to make that happen."(RPM)(10-6-2015)
SlimFast & Walmart return to the #9 at Dover: Sam Hornish Jr. and the #9 Ford team welcome SlimFast and Walmart back to the #9 Ford Fusion for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. Hornish and the team are looking to break their streak of bad luck with a strong finish at the one-mile, concrete oval. Hornish will make his ninth Sprint Cup Series start at the Monster Mile this weekend. He earned his best finish of 13th in the series at the one-mile track in the spring of 2013. In five XFINITY Series starts, Hornish has started the race from the second position twice and earned his best finish of seventh in the spring of 2013. "We're happy to have SlimFast and Walmart with us again in Dover. They were on our car a few weeks ago in Chicago, we had a really good car, but had some bad luck and wasn't able to get a good finish for them. This weekend will give us a chance to make up for it and get a strong finish." (Richard Petty Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #9 team paint schemes page.(9-30-2015)
Richard Petty Motorsports Gets On Board with J.B. Hunt Transport: Whether it's racing 500 miles on a Sunday afternoon or hauling freight 2,800 miles across the country, there is a common goal: to get to the end as quickly and safely as possible. This is why Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) is proud to announce their newest partner, J.B. Hunt Transport, one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America. J.B. Hunt Transport has a long history of providing safe and reliable transportation services to a diverse group of customers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. During the next year, this partnership with RPM will introduce thousands of professional J.B. Hunt truck drivers to NASCAR Hall of Fame champion and American icon Richard Petty and drivers #43-Aric Almirola and #9-Sam Hornish, Jr. The logo of J.B. Hunt will also brand the #9 car of RPM for select races in 2015 and 2016. More importantly, RPM will host drivers and customers of J.B. Hunt during race weekends and provide a first-hand look at the logistics required by RPM to transport race vehicles coast to coast and prepare to race throughout 38 weeks of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Petty will also play a significant role in J.B. Hunt's driver recruitment activities.
"A large driving force behind our country's commerce is America's loyal and trusted truck drivers who carry freight around the country and world, and all the people who work to ensure that they arrive safely," said Richard Petty, Co-Owner, RPM. "Nobody does it better than J.B. Hunt and their thousands of employees. We're proud to partner with them and I'm excited to be a part of their driver recruitment program. Our country's truck drivers are the backbone of our commerce system and I can't wait to interact with them."
J.B. Hunt services include transportation of full truckload freight, which they directly transport utilizing company-controlled revenue equipment and company drivers or independent contractors. They also have arrangements with most of the major North American rail carriers to transport intermodal freight in containers and trailers. They also offer other logistics solutions such as dedicated contract carriage, less than truckload and final mile. Their customer base is extremely diverse and includes a large number of Fortune 500 companies, making them a great fit with NASCAR and RPM.
"There is no bigger brand in NASCAR than Petty," said Craig Harper, Executive Vice President of Operations, J.B. Hunt Transport. "All of our drivers know that name and can relate to the race team, their goals and the work and dedication that is required to safely transport the team's equipment from race to race each week. Our drivers safely move freight across the country, and like Richard Petty Motorsports, safety and on-time delivery are paramount. This is a partnership where both of us can learn how to better ourselves in our business and also provide our workforce with great moments on and off the road." J.B. Hunt is the latest of new RPM partners in the past two years that include Monster Energy, R-M Automotive Finishes (a brand of BASF), Twisted Tea, BLUE-EMU, Nature Blast and more.(Richard Petty Motorsports)(9-24-2015)
Shaw's to sponsor the #9 Ford at NHMS: Shaw's will make its second appearance of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend with Sam Hornish Jr. and the #9 team. Earlier this year, Hornish finished 29th in the Shaw's Ford at the one-track after engine issues early in the race. Despite the 29th-place finish, Hornish was confident in the handling of the #9 Ford at Loudon and looks for a strong finish in the Shaw's Ford this weekend. Hornish will make his 10th Sprint Cup Series start at Loudon this weekend. He has scored two Top-10 finishes at the mile track and earned his best finish of eighth in the 2009 summer race. Hornish also has two starts in the XFINITY Series with one Top-Five and two Top-10 finishes for an average finish of 5.5.(RPM)
See images of the scheme on the #9 Team Schemes page.(9-23-2015)
Lowes Foods sponsoring Hornish at Charlotte: Lowes Foods, a Carolinas-based grocer with locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, will serve as the primary sponsor for Sam Hornish Jr. and the #9 Ford team at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October. Lowes Foods will make its debut as a primary sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Richard Petty Motorsports at its home track. Charlotte Motor Speedway, located in Concord, N.C., is just an hour away from the company's headquarters in Winston-Salem, N.C. Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs nearly 9,000 people and operates 95 full-service supermarkets in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Locally owned and operated, Lowes Foods is truly a homegrown company committed to bringing community back to the table by providing exceptional attention to their guests.(Richard Petty Motorsports), see images of the car on the #9 team paint schemes page.(9-22-2015)
Walmart joins the #9 team in Chicago: Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Walmart along with consumer brands, Blue-Emu, SlimFast and Natrol, LLC have aligned to serve as sponsors of the #9 Ford Fusion driven by Sam Hornish Jr. in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series race at the Chicagoland Speedway. Blue-Emu and Walmart were partners with RPM earlier this year which led to an expanded partnership with Walmart for the Chicagoland Speedway event. Walmart is a well known retailer to the NASCAR fan base as millions visit its retail locations on a weekly basis. And, while in the Chicagoland area for the race, NASCAR fans will be stopping in at the local Walmart to stock up on the requisite weekend supplies. SlimFast and Natrol, LLC are new partners in the NASCAR platform with RPM. Walmart has over 5,000 stores nationwide and reaches the millions of NASCAR fans who are among the most loyal of any sports fans.(Richard Petty Motorsports)
See an image of the scheme on the #9 Team Schemes page.(9-16-2015)
GoBowling.com/Draft Kings featured on the #9 at RIR: Sam Hornish Jr. and the Richard Petty Motorsports #9 team will have support from two RPM partners; GoBowling.com and DraftKings will adorn the #9 Ford and serve as primary partners at Richmond. The two companies know that Saturday's night race will be watched by millions across the country. "There is so much energy and attention on this race, it's a night that you want to be a part of," said Tom Martino, President of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America. "We can connect with so many race fans and drive them to GoBowling.com and into our 3,500 bowling centers across this great country. Partnering with Richard Petty Motorsports and Sam Hornish Jr. allows us to be a part of a great day and hopefully we end the night with a win."
"Richmond is a premier race night on the NASCAR schedule, and we are beyond excited to play a significant role in the race with Richard Petty Motorsports, Sam Hornish Jr. and the #9 team," said Jeremy Elbaum, Vice President of Business Development for DraftKings. "It's the last race of the regular season, and teams will be vying for the last spot in The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. It will be an amazing night for the sport and exactly why DraftKings wants to be involved." GoBowling.com is the portal to all things bowling. The website provides information on bowling centers, events and more for every type of bowler, novice or expert. As one of the leaders in the online fantasy gaming space, DraftKings, "The Official Daily Fantasy Game of NASCAR," has partnered with RPM for the 2015 season in various sponsorship capacities.(RPM)
AND Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) and Strike Ten Entertainment, the bowling industry's marketing arm and sponsorship division, announced a new, one-race partnership that will feature GoBowling.com as the primary sponsor of the #9 Ford driven by Sam Hornish Jr. The #9 GoBowling.com Ford will make its on-track debut at the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond. This isn't GoBowling.com's first race - the website partnered with Richard Petty Motorsports at the 2014 GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.(PRN Newswire), see images of the scheme on the #9 Team Schemes page.(9-9-2015)
Hornish to drive throwback Winn-Dixie car: Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Winn-Dixie will serve as the primary sponsor for Sam Hornish Jr. and the #9 Ford team at the Darlington Raceway The Tradition Returns weekend in September. The Southeastern-based grocery store has a long history in NASCAR, serving as a primary and associate sponsor within the top NASCAR series. At The Tradition Returns weekend, Hornish will sport a retro black, gold and red Winn-Dixie paint scheme, like the car previously driven by former NASCAR driver Mark Martin. Winn-Dixie's NASCAR heritage began in 1980 with their debut in the Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway with Lake Speed behind the wheel. NASCAR fans mostly recognize Winn-Dixie as Martin's primary sponsor for nine years in the XFINITY Series, in which Martin set the standard. Martin visited Victory Lane 39 times and accumulated 77 Top-Five and 94 Top-10 finishes in 128 races with Winn-Dixie as a sponsor. At Darlington alone, Martin won eight times and picked up 14 Top-Five and 18 Top-10 finishes during the sponsorship. This September, Winn-Dixie takes their involvement one step further by partnering with RPM, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time Champion, Richard Petty.(Richard Petty Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #9 team paint schemes page.(8-26-2015)
Blue-Emu Partners with Hornish at Bristol: Blue-Emu, based in Bristol, TN, announced it will serve as the primary sponsor of the #9 Richard Petty Motorsports team and driver Sam Hornish Jr. during the night race at the Bristol. Blue-Emu will bring its blue and white brand colors to the #9 Ford and race them under the lights at the popular event. Although the company is no stranger to the organization, being an associate sponsor of RPM throughout the 2014 season, the opportunity to showcase its product during one of NASCAR's most popular events right in its own backyard allows Blue-Emu to complement its already strong ties with the Petty brand. "The relationship we have built with the Blue-Emu brand over the past year is something we are very proud of," said Mike Hargrave, Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Richard Petty Motorsports. "We supported their brand direction through Richard's involvement in Blue-Emu television creative, and together, we have systematically grown our partnership based on their business needs. We're excited to continue the introduction of Blue-Emu to millions of NASCAR fans who will either be in attendance at Bristol or watching the race on the NBC Sports Network." Blue-Emu's 4oz jar is America's number one selling over-the-counter muscle and joint cream according to recent IRI data. Blue-Emu has featured "The King" Richard Petty in television, radio and print ads all season. It is now ready to fully take over the #9 Ford with Hornish in its home city. "You don't get bigger than Richard Petty in NASCAR," said Benjamin Blessing, EVP of Sales and Marketing of parent company NFI Consumer Products. "And, we have seen a lot of success with him and Richard Petty Motorsports in our marketing efforts. It just made a lot of sense to capitalize on the opportunity to be a primary sponsor of the #9 Ford team and Sam Hornish Jr. here in Bristol. It's going to be a special night for us in our hometown and will give our fans added interest during one of the sports most anticipated events."
"Our partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports has been great for the Blue-Emu brand," continues Susan Gregory, President and CEO of NFI Consumer Products. "All of us here at Blue-Emu are proud to be part of the RPM team both on and off the track. We're looking forward to an exciting race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, and we'll all be rooting for Sam Hornish Jr. and the #9 Blue-Emu Ford!"
"This is one of the best nights for fans and our partners," said Hornish. "Bristol always produces exciting races and fierce battles on the track between competitors. There's a lot of beating and banging and fighting for positions, so I'll make sure to have my Blue-Emu ready for after the race. I expect to have a lot of their fans cheering for us at their home track, and I'm looking forward to showing them a great time and capping the night off with a great finish."(Richard Petty Motorsports), see images of the car on the #9 Team Schemes page.(8-19-2015)
Transportation Impact to sponsor Hornish at Michigan: Transportation Impact, a current season-long associate partner of Richard Petty Motorsports and the #9 Ford driven by Sam Hornish Jr., will step up to be the primary partner of Hornish Jr. and the #9 team this weekend at the Michigan International Speedway for Sunday's 400-mile event. And, the company is also stepping up for a special charity, "Room for GRACE," a short term housing ministry located in Harnett County, N.C. With the logos and brand colors of Transportation Impact on the hood and sides of the RPM #9, the company is proud to give space to "Room for GRACE" and its website,www.roomforgrace14.com, on the #9 Ford TV panel. The mission of "Room for GRACE" is to provide short term housing to families or individuals who have endured a defined hardship that has left them without adequate housing. The private, non-profit organization is supported by companies such as Transportation Impact and is gracious for the opportunity to get in front of millions of race fans this weekend. Headquartered in Emerald Isle, N.C., Transportation Impact is a privately held parcel spend management firm that helps its clients reduce shipping costs through small package negotiation and parcel auditing services. The company has partnered with RPM and the Petty Family Foundation over the past several years. The #9 Transportation Impact Ford will also carry associate logos of Medallion Bank, Alfageen and General RV Center this weekend. (Richard Petty Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #9 team paint schemes page.(8-12-2015)
Shaw's Supermarkets debuts on the #9: Sam Hornish Jr. and the #9 Ford team will have a new look this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Shaw's Supermarkets will serve as the primary sponsor for the team at both Sprint Cup Series races at Loudon this year. The grocery retailer carries Smithfield products across their 154 store locations throughout New England.(Richard Petty Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #9 team paint schemes page.(7-16-2015)
Speed Perks sponsoring Hornish at Kentucky: Speed Perks, Advance Auto Parts' customer loyalty program, will serve as the primary sponsor for Sam Hornish Jr. and the #9 Ford Fusion at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. Speed Perks offers loyal customers the opportunity to earn rebates and special incentives from their in-store purchases. As customer loyalty programs become a widespread practice for retailers, NASCAR provides the perfect outlet for advertising Speed Perks. Research shows that NASCAR fans are 24% more likely to shop at an automotive specialty retailer than non-fans. NASCAR fans are also 24% more likely to change their motor oil on their own than non-fans. An avid car guy himself, Hornish is looking forward to representing Speed Perks in Kentucky.(Richard Petty Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #9 team paint schemes page.(7-8-2015)
Ambrose back racing in Australia: former NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose is once again back racing in his native Australia. After struggling to adapt to both V8 Supercars competition and the cars themselves, Ambrose took a leave of absence in mid-March from both the series and driving the #17 DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon - co-owned by IndyCar and NASCAR team owner Roger Penske - just a few months after returning home. Ambrose won the Supercars championship in 2003 and 2004 before coming to NASCAR in 2006. Now, the V8 Supercars Commission is welcoming Ambrose back by allowing him (and other "non-regular drivers") two extra 30-minute practice sessions at upcoming endurance events at Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway (July 31-August 2)and Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint (August 21-23), according to Australia's version of FoxSports.com. Those races are essentially warm-up events for V8 Supercars' prestigious Enduro Cup, which is a three-race series for the championship (think mini-Chase for the Sprint Cup): the Sandown 500 in September, and the Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 in October. This past Friday, Ambrose climbed back into a V8 Supercar for the first time and was allowed to complete just 10 laps of practice (mandated by V8 Supercars rules) at Hidden Valley raceway in Darwin, Australia.(NBC Sports)(6-27-2015)
Jacob Companies to Sponsor Hornish in Sonoma: Sam Hornish Jr. will have a new look on the #9 Ford at Sonoma Raceway this weekend. Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) has signed new partner, Jacob Companies as the primary sponsor on the #9 Ford at the California road course. Jacob Companies is a nationwide full service General Contractor offering design, development, construction, and management services to a diverse portfolio of clients in various industries. Jacob Companies specializes in High Rise Structures, Universities, Hotels, Automotive Dealerships, Athletic Facilities both Professional and Collegiate, and Parking Structures. While Hornish has competed at the 1.99-mile road course in both NASCAR and IndyCar, he only has three starts per series. In his six starts between both series, Hornish earned his best finish of fifth during the 2007 IndyCar event.(RPM), see image of the scheme on the #9 Team Schemes page.(6-23-2015)
Teams get warnings after Pocono: NASCAR confirmed Wednesday that #48-Jimmie Johnson's team received a warning after failing to get through pre-race inspection three times last weekend at Pocono Raceway. NASCAR also stated that it gave a warning to #10-Danica Patrick's team for failing pre-qualifying inspection multiple times at Pocono. NASCAR also gave a warning to #38-David Gilliland's team for failing pre-qualifying inspection multiple times and to #9-Sam Hornish Jr.'s team for a pre-race inspection issue at Pocono. This marks the fourth warning Johnson's team has received this year.(NBC Sports)(6-11-2015)
Twisted Tea Adds Races with Hornish and #9 Team: After serving as the primary sponsor of the #9 Ford Fusion team for select races beginning in 2014, Twisted Tea Brewing Company has once again increased their partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) by adding two additional races to their 2015 schedule. The Twisted Tea colors will return to the #9 Ford beginning this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 and the following weekend at Dover International Speedway for the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks. It was announced earlier this year that the hard iced tea company will serve as the primary sponsor for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in July. They also opened the season as the primary sponsor during Hornish's debut with RPM (in the Daytona 500). "We've received a strong response from our drinkers and NASCAR fans regarding our relationship with Richard Petty Motorsports and Sam Hornish Jr.," said Robert Vail, member of the Twisted Tea team. "The Coca-Cola 600 falls on a unique weekend when we take time to honor our nation's military and those that serve. It also happens to be one of the biggest weekends for motorsports and the unofficial kick-off of summer. It will be great to have the Twisted Tea colors back on the No. 9 car this weekend as well as next weekend at Dover."(RPM), see images of the scheme on the #9 Team Schemes page.(5-20-2015)
Fans, Hornish and SHOP.COM Send 10 Campers to Victory Junction: Sam Hornish Jr. and the #9 SHOP.COM/Victory Junction Ford team put in a great effort during Friday night's Sprint Showdown with a 14th-place finish in the first 20-lap segment and a fourth-place finish in the second 20-lap segment. Hornish was one of the fastest cars in the second segment. Although Hornish and the #9 SHOP.COM/Victory Junction Ford team did not find Victory Lane, they still leave Charlotte Motor Speedway as winners. Earlier this month, Richard Petty Motorsports partner SHOP.COM announced a campaign surrounding the Sprint Fan Vote and Hornish. For every Sprint Fan Vote that Hornish received, SHOP.COM donated $5 to Victory Junction and $10 for every shared vote on Facebook and Twitter up to $25,000. Through the support of SHOP.COM and the NASCAR community, Hornish received enough fan votes to reach the $25,000 goal to send 10 campers to Victory Junction.(RPM)(5-16-2015)
Hornish and SHOP.COM Give Fans a Reason to Vote: This weekend is a big weekend for Sam Hornish Jr. for more reasons than one. Not only is Hornish hoping to race his way into the Sprint All-Star race through the Sprint Showdown on Friday night, but through SHOP.COM, Hornish's fans have the opportunity to send up to 10 campers to Victory Junction. Earlier this month, Richard Petty Motorsports announced that its partner SHOP.COM is using the Sprint Fan Vote campaign to benefit Victory Junction. For every Sprint Fan Vote that Hornish receives, SHOP.COM will donate $5 to the camp and $10 for every shared vote, up to $25,000. Hornish has competed in two Sprint All-Star events by racing his way into the field through the Sprint Showdown. In 2008, he finished second in the Showdown and seventh in the All-Star race. The following year, Hornish won the Showdown and finished 16th in the All-Star race for an average finish of 11.5 in the exhibition event. Fans have until 7 p.m. ET on May 15th to vote daily for Hornish for the Sprint Fan Vote by going to NASCAR.com/SprintFanVote.(RPM), the #9 will sport a Victory Junction / SHOP.com paint scheme for the race, see images of the scheme on the #9 Team Schemes page.(5-13-2015)
Manion replaces Blickensderfer as crew chief for Hornish UPDATE: In an effort to further the chemistry of the #9 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team, Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced Kevin Manion has been assigned as the crew chief of that team with driver Sam Hornish, Jr. Manion will begin his duties immediately and call the race this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Manion, a native of Boylston, Mass., is a championship-winning crew chief and was a part of leading Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing to wins at both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in 2010. Manion has five wins in the premier Sprint Cup Series and 15 wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In addition, he has led his race teams to over 60 Top-10 and 25 Top-Five finishes in his Cup career. He also has 10 poles. Having success with different drivers with different racing backgrounds, Manion has led the sports best including Martin Truex, Jr. during his XFINITY and early Sprint Cup Series career. During his time with Truex, Jr., Manion earned two XFINITY Series championships. He then became a trusted leader to Jamie McMurray, leading him to four Sprint Cup Series wins. Manion is a respected crew chief in NASCAR and has the experience to get the #9 team in victory lane. Manion will begin his duties with RPM immedialty. Manion replaces Drew Blickensderfer who has been offered another position within the organization.(RPM)(5-5-2015)
UPDATE: In light of the recent departure of Kevin "Bono" Manion, Tommy Baldwin Racing has announced that team owner Tommy Baldwin will assume the role as crew chief of the #7 Chevy, for driver Alex Bowman. "I'm very happy for Bono; we've been friends a long time, and I wish him nothing but the best," said Baldwin. "Climbing atop the pit box is somewhat of a familiar role for me and I look forward to working with Alex." Baldwin, in his seventh year of a being a Sprint Cup Series team owner, is no stranger to the position - having numerous wins and a Daytona 500 championship in 2002. Baldwin's return will take effect immediately.(TBR)(5-5-2015)
Nature Blast sponsoring Hornish: Expanding their relationship with Richard Petty Motorsports, Nature Blast announced they are taking their partnership to the next level. The cleaning supply company will serve as the primary sponsor for the #9 Ford and driver Sam Hornish Jr. during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19. Nature Blast is a cutting-edge company that produces cleaning products for home and professional use, all of which are made in America and eco-friendly. All Nature Blast products adorn the ECO logo as certified green products, which address the environmental, safety and health concerns facing today's households by offering products with low toxicity and VOC's, readily bio-degradable in ready to use formulas. The company was an associate sponsor of Hornish and the #9 team during the Daytona 500 and witnessed the power of RPM and Hornish. Nature Blast has already seen the benefits of their partnership on the B2B front by forming a new relationship with SHOP.COM. Kicking off Bristol race weekend, Nature Blast products will now be sold on SHOP.COM. To celebrate this exciting news, SHOP.COM will be featured on the #9 Nature Blast Ford.(Richard Petty Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #9 team paint schemes page.(4-14-2015)
Hornish would like to see Penske share more information: For the second straight season, Team Penske is leading the charge for Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Joey Logano gave the blue ovals a victory in the season-opening Daytona 500, and a Team Penske car has been the highest finishing Ford in each of the first three races of the year. That fact has not been lost on the other Ford teams in the Sprint Cup garage. Making his full-time return to Sprint Cup this season with Richard Petty Motorsports, #9-Sam Hornish Jr. knows the other Ford teams have work to do to keep up with Roger Penske's two-car operation.
"We know that there is work to be done and the biggest thing is being able to try to figure out how we do everything in the right way," Hornish said Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway. "How do we figure out what the Penske guys are doing that is making them better than us? That is their job: To go out there and beat us, and ours is the same way, as well as the rest of the competition. Obviously we would like to have Ford be one through 10 or whatever the number is, but we have some work to do to catch up to the Penske guys, and that is what we are trying to figure out," he said. "While Ford would like us all to be right up there, they can't go, 'Hey, you guys have to share everything you are doing.' Because it doesn't work that way."
While Hornish understands Team Penske cannot open the doors of information wide to the competition, he believes pointing other Ford teams in the right direction could go a long way toward improving the overall performance of Ford Racing. "They don't have to divulge all the secrets," Hornish said of Penske. "If you show us where the end of the tunnel is, we might get there a little faster than if we are working our way through a maze, but it is a hard thing to do. If we were ahead, we wouldn't want to have to share too much of our stuff, either. I think that is part of the interesting aspect; even though the cars look very similar on the racetrack, there is a lot going on underneath them that is very different."(FoxSports)(3-15-2015)
Medallion Bank to Sponsor #9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford: Medallion Bank announced a strategic partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) to support RPM and the #9 Ford team driven by Sam Hornish Jr. Medallion Bank, a recreational and home improvement lending institution will serve as the primary sponsor of the #9 in select events throughout 2015 beginning this weekend at the Atlanta. Medallion Bank, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is owned by Medallion Financial Corp., a publicly traded specialty finance company and co-owner of RPM. Medallion Bank specializes in recreation loans, home improvement loans, asset based loans and taxi medallion loans. For recreation loans, Medallion Bank offers an alternative financing option to other lenders' credit scoring requirements. Its home improvement loan program gives contractors flexible financing options for homeowners wishing to make improvements.
Medallion Bank has reached an agreement with Camping World to serve as a co-primary sponsor for the race at Las Vegas in March and again at Phoenix in March 15. This is the first of many business collaborations that will benefit Medallion Bank, its dealers and RPM.
"This is not a situation of our organization just putting an owner's company on a car," said Andrew Murstein, a director of Medallion Bank and Co-Owner of Richard Petty Motorsports. "This is a purpose-driven partnership that brings additional value to Medallion Banks' recreational dealers and proves again the value of Richard Petty Motorsports in the NASCAR marketing landscape. We have already had many successful discussions with different Medallion Bank dealers who see the benefit of advertising and promoting with us through this unique program."
Companies that partner with Medallion Bank not only receive over 100 years of combined experience in the lending category, but additionally have the opportunity to collaborate with one of the most famous brands in all of sports, Petty. The Petty brand is synonymous with winning and has more wins than any other in the premier NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. That tradition is only surpassed by the value it gives to partners off the track as well.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for our current and new dealers of Medallion Bank to partner with Petty and Sam Hornish Jr. in a premier sport," continued Murstein. "RPM offers great value for all our partners and concentrates on helping grow their business. It's why this is a great value and we are presenting this to our current and new dealers."(RPM), see an image of the Medallion Bank/Camping World scheme on the #9 Team Schemes page.(2-27-2015)
Transportation Impact Partners with Richard Petty Motorsports in 2015: Another addition to Richard Petty Motorsports' (RPM) sponsor line-up in 2015 was announced. Transportation Impact will join RPM as a full-season associate sponsor on the #9 Ford driven by Sam Hornish Jr. Headquartered in Emerald Isle, N.C., Transportation Impact is a privately held parcel spend management firm that helps their clients reduce shipping costs through small package negotiation and parcel auditing services. The company has partnered with RPM and the Petty Family Foundation over the past several years and is looking to grow their relationship with RPM in 2015. Transportation Impact believes in giving back to those in and around its community. Since 2008, the company has placed emphasis on charitable contributions and public service, giving back to organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America, The American Heart Association and the Petty Family Foundation. They've donated more than a quarter-million dollars to charity, and their staff has volunteered hundreds of hours of community service.The partnership is effective immediately with the Transportation Impact Logo being placed on the B-post of the #9 Ford.(Breaking Limits/RPM)(2-18-2015)
RPM makes changes to strengthen pit crews: In racing if you're not moving forward you might be moving backwards. That's not the case for Richard Petty Motorsports. During the off season RPM has made multiple changes to their #9 and #43 pit crews and also added a new coach. All the changes are definitely in a positive direction. The first major move of the off season was getting long time pit coach Gary Smith in place. Smith comes over from BK Racing last year and has decades of experience on pit road. Coach Andrew Carter of RPM left mid season last year to pursue a career outside of racing.
#9 Team - Aaron Powell and Joel Coronel will be anchoring down the front as changer and carrier. Those two guys were on the team last year. Jacking the car this year will be Gabe Martin. Gabe was on the #10 last year and will be taking over in place of Kevin Wing who left to become a Gas Man at RFR. In the rear will be Changer Colin Fambrough and Carrier Donnie Marvel. Donnie is hurt at the moment so carrier Josh Chaney will be filling in until Marvel is back healthy. Fambrough was at Penske for the last 3 years before ending up at RPM. Gassing the car will be a new addition as well. Gas Man Ben Runge will be taking over for Ryan Dextraze. Runge is coming over from #13 team where he gassed last year.
#43 Team - Holding down the fronts on the #43 is long time RPM Changer Greg Donlin and Front Carrier Lance Hanna. Jacking this year will be T.J. Ford. Ford takes over the position from Mike Brown. Ford was previously on the #48 for a couple years before coming over to RPM. On the rear will be long time super star Kyle Power and carrier James Houk. Both guys were at RPM last year as well. Gassing will be Justin Riesman. Riesman is coming over from the RFR and will be taking over for Joe "Hoss" Karazinski.(Pit Talks)(2-9-2015)
RPM names associate sponsors for Hornish at Daytona: Two more national brands announced they will join Richard Petty Motorsports, Sam Hornish, Jr. and the #9 Ford Performance team for the Daytona 500. Nature Blast and SafeZorb will serve as associate sponsors on the #9 and support Hornish as he looks to become only the third driver to win both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. Nature Blast is a breath of fresh air for cleaning supplies and the retail market. Their current product line includes more than five different cutting-edge cleaning products for home and professional use. The products are made in America are committed to protecting the planet - and will continue to develop new and innovative products that are responsible choices for the many generations to come. SafeZorb, a brand of StormZorb, is an all-purpose absorbent made with a high quality blend of minerals, designed for superior performance and manufactured to a fine granular specification. SafeZorb will absorb any hydrocarbon, petro-chemical or hazardous material except hydrofluoric acid. The product is also hydrophilic and does not break down in water or aqueous solvents or lubricants. Hornish will be making his RPM debut at the Daytona 500. The winner of the 2006 Indianapolis 500, he is looking to join legends A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti as the only two drivers to have won America's most popular auto racing events.(Richard Petty Motorsports)(2-7-2015)
Richard Petty: #9 is Chase Elliott's if he wants it: On Wednesday, NASCAR Sprint Cup team owner Richard Petty said he's not "emotionally attached" to #9, which Marcos Ambrose carried at Richard Petty Motorsports and which Sam Hornish Jr. will carry this year. "We inherited that number [when Petty bought the remnants of the Ray Evernham/George Gillette team]," Petty said. "It doesn't mean anything to me, but it does to the sponsors we'd already signed for this year. If the kid wants it next year, though, that's fine with us."
"The kid" he refers to is Chase Elliott. His famous father carried number 9 for most of his career, getting 38 of his 44 victories and his championship with it. "Awesome Bill" carried 17 other numbers during his Sprint Cup career, most notably 11 with Junior Johnson, 21 with the Wood brothers and 94 with the team he created and owned late in his career. Chase Elliott will run five Cup races this year in #25 for Hendrick Motorsports. Don't be surprised if that number is 9 when the 2016 season opens in Daytona Beach.(AutoWeek)(1-29-2015)
Twisted Tea to Make 2015 Debut at Daytona 500 with Richard Petty Motorsports UPDATE: It has been just over one year when Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced that Twisted Tea Brewing Company partnered with the organization in its first NASCAR sponsorship. RPM announced that the hard ice tea brewing company will return to the #9 Ford for two primary races in the 2015 season with driver Sam Hornish Jr. Twisted Tea's return to the #9 Ford will be highlighted in NASCAR's most iconic event, the 57th Daytona 500. Twisted Tea joins RPM at the famous track where it has a history of 12 wins, most recently in July of 2014. The prominent yellow and blue design will also be featured during the Coke Zero 400 on July 5, also at the Daytona International Speedway. Along with the two current primary races, Twisted Tea will be a season-long associate sponsor on the #9 Ford. "We are proud to continue our relationship with Richard Petty Motorsports and Sam Hornish Jr. throughout 2015," said Robert Vail, member of the Twisted Tea team. "This has been a great partnership for us and we can't think of a better way to kick off our year than at the Daytona 500. This is a world class event and we're teaming up with a world class crew and driver. There is no better time to enjoy Twisted Tea than at Daytona's biggest event, or cheering on the drivers while watching the race at home."
"Daytona will be a career moment for me," commented Hornish Jr. "It's my first race driving for Richard Petty, it's the Daytona 500 and I'll once again have an opportunity to join heroes of motorsports if we win. It's an amazing opportunity and I can't wait to do it with Twisted Tea who will also support us throughout 2015. They are such a fun, cool partner and to be able to celebrate with them in Victory Lane would certainly be a highlight of my career."(RPM/Breaking Limits), see an image of the scheme on the #9 Team Schemes page.
UPDATE: 2015 Charlotte Media Tour Ford Performance NSCS Notes & Quotes
BRIAN MOFFITT, CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports: "This is an exciting time at Richard Petty Motorsports. For quite some years we've been looking to get back to where we had the autonomy that Sammy was talking about and this year we do. We're looking forward to the investments that Richard continues to make and Andy Murstein continues to make in the sport. We're excited about our driver lineup. We're excited about our crew chiefs. I have to thank everyone during this off-season. Everybody has a lot of work during the off-season, but we had a little more with the move. I can't say enough about the families that supported our employees and the time that they put into it. We really appreciate them so much and look forward to winning some races this season with the efforts they put into our guys. With announcements, one of the things Jeff said was going to be a big question was the 9 car. We are planning to run the full season with Sam in the car and we have Twisted Tea stepping up in a big way as our primary partner. We also have some other partners that are going to be joining us and we'll be announcing them later in the year. Blue Emu is coming aboard, R-M Automotive, as well as Medallion Bank and Petty's Garage, so we look forward to continuing our effort to grow this sport, grow RPM and continue to put our cars in victory lane. We look forward to that. Another announcement that we have is Andy's Medallion Sports Properties has actually hired Sean Downes, who was development director for NASCAR. He helped bring XFINITY into the sport, so we have him now helping us in our efforts to fill out the number 9 car through the season. Again, we look forward to seeing all of you in victory land as we move forward and appreciate you being here."(Ford Performance)(1-28-2015)
R-M Named Official Automotive Refinish Paint of Richard Petty Motorsports: There is only one color that has defined the Petty brand over the past 65 years, Petty Blue, And, for the last 25 years the Petty family has relied on R-M Automotive Finishes, a brand of BASF to bring that color to life. In 2015, R-M will continue that tradition on the #43 and also provide the colorful finishes to the #9 Ford and the #43 XFINITY team for Richard Petty Motorsports. R-M Onyx HD will also be the automotive finish for all custom cars prepared at Petty's Garage. R-M is known as the paint brand in the automotive finish industry that is customer driven and committed to providing excellent results that promote high productivity and enhanced environmental awareness. Richard Petty Motorsports recently moved into a new race shop that houses two paint booths while Petty's Garage also has an additional two booths. The need for a superior automotive finish at both locations is always an extremely high priority.(Breaking Limits for RPM)(1-28-2015)
Richard Petty Motorsports forms partnership with northAmerican Van Lines: northAmerican Van Lines has been named the "Official Moving Partner for Richard Petty Motorsports" for the 2015 and 2016 race seasons. northAmerican has been helping people move since 1933 and they'll add "The King" Richard Petty to their list of clientele. Richard Petty Motorsports has partnered with the moving company to assist with their relocation to their new racing facility in Mooresville, N.C. from a facility in Concord, N.C. As part of the partnership, northAmerican will be an associate sponsor on the team's Xfinity Series program. The sponsorship platform allows the company to showcase their commercial and residential moving services throughout key markets on the NASCAR circuit. The moving services company will also provide behind-the-scenes exclusives centered on moving The King and his race shop.(Richard Petty Motorsports)(1-8-2015)
Jack Men changes so far in 2015 season: There are a lot of teams making moves in the off season and the Jack Man position seems to be one that is getting a lot of attention. Below is a list of changes for 2015 with more to come.
#5 of HMS replaces Jack Man Trey Burklin with long time HMS Jack Man Eric Ludwig
#9 of RPM replaces Kevin Wing with Gabe Martin from the #10 team
#10 of SHR-We are not sure about this but we heard Tony Cardamone will be replacing Gabe Martin who is now at the #9
#18 of JGR replacing retired Jeff Fender with David Odell from the #78
#19 of JGR has hired Trey Burklin from the #5
#27 of RCR replacing Carey Wimbish with Sam Abney
#42 of GR is replacing long time Jack Man Mark Jacobs with Mark Janssen
#43 of RPM is replacing Mike Brown with T.J. Ford from the #48
#78 of Furniture Row is replacing David Odell-who left for the #18- with Carey Wimbish from the #27.(Pit Talks)(1-6-2015)
Ambrose totally focused on V8 Supercars, not thinking of NASCAR: The man who will make his shock V8 comeback today and attempt to spoil Jamie Whincup's championship party declared; "I haven't thought about NASCAR once''. Ahead of the mouth-watering battle between two Australian racing giants, beginning on Friday at the Sydney 500, Marcos Ambrose brushed aside talk that he had come home to retire in a V8 following a 10-year stint that saw him conquer America by vowing to make DJR/Team Penske a championship force. Less than two weeks after landing in Australia following his final NASCAR race, Ambrose said he had been living and breathing V8 Supercars and did not miss his former category - which happens to be the second biggest in the world - a bit. "I have to be honest,'' Ambrose said. "It was great to do, a great to be part of, but I have been back in Australia now for two-and-a-half weeks and I haven't thought about NASCAR once. I am really in the moment now and I have come back and experienced the new generation V8 Supercar for the first time and I am thrilled with it so far. It is a nice handling car and does everything really well. It has incredible stopping power and the tyres are pretty good. The car itself is pretty faultless. My experience (in America) was great but I am looking to the future and to this weekend. That is where we are going to kick start this DJR/Team Penske alliance and hopefully start the process of building it up into a championship team.''(The Daily Telegraph)(12-5-2014)
Richard Petty Motorsports needs to find new location UPDATE: Richard Petty Motorsports is in the process of finding a new home for next season after the facility it currently uses in Concord, N.C., has been sold, a team spokesman confirmed. RPM, which fields two fulltime Sprint Cup Series teams [#s 9 & 43], is currently housed on Zephyr Place NW near the Concord Regional Airport. The organization moved to its current location from Statesville, N.C., in 2010. The organization is in the process of looking at several different facilities, team officials confirmed.(Charlotte Observer)(10-18-2014)
UPDATE: Richard Petty Motorsports announced their race operations will move from their current location in Concord, N.C. to Mooresville, N.C. at the end of the 2014 NASCAR race season. RPM's new address will be 112 Byers Creek Road located inside Talbert Pointe in Mooresville. This location was the home for Richard Petty's race teams from 2007 to 2008. The return to the former location is an expansion of space from the current race shop, allowing for growth in the race operation and further opportunities to increase performance capabilities. One immediate performance capability, the new shop will allow for RPM to hang bodies onto the chassis. The team will also have additional space for engineering and simulation. The new site will be the home of RPM's two NASCAR Sprint Cup race teams and Nationwide Series team.(Richard Petty Motorsports)(10-19-2014)
Petty plans to keep #9: With Chase Elliott expected to run a partial Sprint Cup schedule starting next season, some believed that Hendrick Motorsports would try to get the #9 car number for Chase to drive, since his father Bill drove that number for much of his Cup career. RPM was asked about that Tuesday during the press conference announcing Sam Hornish, Jr's hiring:
THERE HAS BEEN SPECULATION RPM WOULD GIVE UP THE 9 TO HENDRICK WHEN CHASE ELLIOTT IS READY TO GO CUP RACING. HAVE YOU BEEN APPROACHED ABOUT CHANGING THE NUMBER NOW?
SAMMY JOHNS, Director of Competition, Richard Petty Motorsports - "Currently, we're committed to racing the number 9 and we have no immediate plans to change."(Ford Racing)(10-9-2014)
Hornish Jr. to RPM's #9 to replace Ambrose? UPDATES: The rumored replacement for Marcos Ambrose in the Richard Petty Motorsports #9 Ford ride for next year now looks like it will be Sam Hornish Jr. Speculation is the former Indy Car star and current Joe Gibbs Racing part-time Nationwide Series driver will get another shot at a full-time Sprint Cup ride next year when Ambrose returns to his native Australia.(Motor Racing Network)(10-6-2014)
UPDATE: NASCAR driver and former IndyCar Series star Sam Hornish Jr. will move fulltime to the Sprint Cup Series with Richard Petty Motorsports. An official announcement of Hornish's hire to replace Marcos Ambrose beginning in the 2015 season could come as early as Wednesday, multiple sources confirmed. Ambrose is returning to his native Australia. This would Hornish's second full-time stint in the Cup series. He struggled in his first go-around which was with Team Penske. In three-plus seasons, Hornish had eight top-10 finishes in 108 starts. In recent seasons he has found success running in the Nationwide Series, where he finished second in points last season and fourth in 2012. An RPM spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.(Charlotte Observer)(10-7-2014)
UPDATE 2: Richard Petty Motorsports announced that three-time IndyCar Series Champion turned NASCAR winner, Sam Hornish, Jr. will join the storied organization to drive the #9 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-time in 2015. Hornish, Jr. joins RPM from Joe Gibbs Racing where he competed part-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season scoring one win and four Top-Five finishes in only eight starts. Hornish, Jr. has competed in three full seasons in the Sprint Cup Series as well as two full seasons in the Nationwide Series for Penske Racing where he finished second in points in 2013 by a mere three markers. In 2014, Hornish, Jr. has made the most of his time behind the wheel while driving a partial Nationwide Series schedule at Joe Gibbs Racing with two poles and a win. He is now ready to rejoin the Sprint Cup Series with RPM. "This is a great opportunity to join Richard Petty Motorsports and the #9 Ford team in the Sprint Cup Series," said Hornish, Jr. "Owners Richard Petty, Andrew Murstein and Doug Bergeron have built this organization into a championship-contending team with world-class sponsors and partners. Many people have noticed to the progress being made here and I'm ready to build off this momentum. My goal is to put the #9 team in victory lane in 2015 and be a competitor in 'The Chase'." The #9 team will continue to be led by Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer who has three Sprint Cup Series wins to his credit. Co-Owner Richard Petty is proud to welcome Hornish, Jr. to the team. "Sam is a really good fit for RPM and will be a great addition to the team," said Petty. "He's a family man who fits well with our core values and he will be a great ambassador for our partners. Sam's also proven that he can win races and compete for a championship. He came into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with a steep learning curve from open wheel racing, but has shown in the Nationwide Series that he is a winner. We feel that he can get the #9 team to Victory Lane and compete in 'The Chase' for us."(Richard Petty Motorsports)(10-8-2014)
Richard Petty Motorsports to remain with Ford UPDATE: Andy Murstein, of Medallion Financial Corporation, the primary investor in RPM said, "This organization is clearly on the upswing and they compete and win with class. Now on to the Chase for Aric, and after Marcos wins at Watkins Glen, we will have two cars in the Chase." Murstein confirmed that RPM will remain with Ford beyond this year.(Motorsport)(7-7-2014)
UPDATE: If you have a winning formula, why change it? That was the key reason for Richard Petty Motorsports to remain with Ford beyond 2015. "I think that's a good decision for us right now," said Trent Owens, the winning crew chief from Sunday's Coke Zero 400 on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "Changing manufacturers - from the workload side of things - would be a challenge to say the least. I've enjoyed being with Ford. I've enjoyed working on these race cars and we just really need to perfect what we've got and that will allow us to do that."(Motorsport)(7-8-2014)
RPM to Display Decals for Autism Awareness in Support of Gray Owens: Richard Petty Motorsports Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams will adorn a decal for Autism Awareness for the month of April to support Gray, son of #43 Crew Chief Trent Owens. With April being Autism Awareness month and April 2 Global Autism Awareness Day, the team, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, will join the campaign to raise awareness for autism. Gray, who is now six years old, was diagnosed early and now goes through therapies to cope with the disease. His dad, Owens, knows the importance of bringing awareness to autism to help find prevention and a cure. "It's a very important month personally with having a son with autism," Owens explained. "My son was diagnosed when he was a year and a half, and he's six years old now. There's not a cure for it. It's a disease that's hard to understand, and it's very difficult from the side of getting therapies and getting help. Every autistic child is completely different, so just to have that awareness to the general public in the past few years for the month of April has been good. Through campaigns like Autism Awareness month, there is more awareness than there was ten years ago. My hope is they find a way of prevention. I would love for them to find a cure - that would be awesome, but I think the more we make people aware just how present the autistic kids are in society now, the better. A new report just came out that one in 68 kids are diagnosed with some form of autism, which is pretty staggering when you think about it." Showing that RPM is truly a family-run operation, Owens is humbled by the support from his team and acknowledges everything the NASCAR Industry has done over the years to raise awareness. "It's very cool that the whole organization will run the decal in support. That means a tremendous amount to me, personally. Just see all the things that not only this race team is doing but also the things NASCAR has done over the years with Autism Speaks. I won a race in the trucks in Rockingham last year running an Autism Speaks paint scheme. That was a real highlight to my career to this date. I enjoy speaking about my son's autism. We don't try to hide it. We enjoy trying to let the world know, so everybody can kind of get behind it and be supportive and try to find a cure."(RPM)(4-3-2014)
Richard Petty Museum completes move back to Level Cross: Richard Petty is going back home to Level Cross, N.C. - the Richard Petty Museum, that is. Ribbon cutting ceremonies and an open house will take place Wednesday evening at the Petty compound in Level Cross. The relocated museum holds much of what NASCAR's winningest driver has ever won or achieved in his legendary career. It will now be housed in the site of the original Petty Enterprises and Petty Engineering facilities, the same facility where The King developed many of the cars that led him to a record seven Grand National and Winston Cup championships and 200 career wins. The Petty museum has been housed in nearby Randleman, N.C. since 2003. But a few years ago, it was decided to bring it back within the Petty family compound in Level Cross, where it began in 1988 by Richard's wife Lynda. The team's performance headquarters, Richard Petty Motorsports, will remain in Concord, N.C.(NBC Sports)(3-10-2014)
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