Todd Parrott, crew chief of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was indefinitely suspended from NASCAR competition for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy, according to an announcement from the sanctioning body on Thursday.
According to the announcement, Parrott was found to be in violation of sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2013 NASCAR rule book.
Following the announcement from NASCAR, Richard Petty Motorsports issued the following statement:
“We have an expectation of all RPM employees to conduct themselves at the highest level of professionalism and within the competitive confines as set forth by NASCAR,” RPM Vice President of Operations and Competition Sammy Johns said. “We are very disappointed that one of our employees did not meet our expectations and we completely support NASCAR, their policies and final decisions when it comes to the substance abuse policy.”
Johns will serve as crew chief for the No. 43 team and driver Aric Almirola on an interim basis.
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