On Monday, Richard Petty Motorsports announced changes to its two-team NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program. Crew chief Mike Ford will move from the No. 43 team and driver Aric Amirola to serve as crew chief on the No. 9 team with Marcos Ambrose. Todd Parrott, formerly crew chief for Ambrose and the No. 9 team will move to perform the same duties for Almirola and the No. 43 team. Their respective crews will also make the switch.
“We’re continuing to make improvements at Richard Petty Motorsports, and we’ve added talented people to our organization this season,” RPM Director of Competition Sammy Johns said. “This move is to make sure that we are using that talent to the fullest to get the best results for our teams each weekend.”
The pairing of Ambrose and Parrott got RPM its lone win this season, coming at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) in August. Almirola does not have a Sprint Cup win to his credit.
“Aric has really shown the desire and dedication to get his first Sprint Cup Series win, his new crew chief, Parrott said. “It was great our team helped lead Marcos to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win and poles. We are now ready to help direct Almirola and the No. 43 team to the same results and better.”
While the goal for Parrott is to get Almirola his first win, Ford hopes to add to Ambrose’s win total.
“Marcos is a racer who has proven to win poles and races,” Ford said. “Our goal is to take my experiences and make sure we can consistently run up front and continue to win races.”
Both Ford and Parrott are winning crew chiefs, several times over. Parrott has guided teams to 31 Sprint Cup wins, not to mention a Sprint Cup title. Ford, meanwhile, has 25 race wins on his resume.
With 10 races remaining in the 2012 season, the change becomes effective immediately. The competitive debut of the new pairings will come Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.
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