Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday that Greg Ebert will be the interim crew chief for the No. 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team and driver Aric Almirola, beginning with Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway through the end of the 2013 season. Counting the Martinsville race, there are four races remaining in 2013.
“We are confident in Greg’s leadership abilities, and we will give him the resources he needs to be successful,” RPM Vice President of Operations and Competition Sammy Johns said. “He is very familiar with our race program and gives us a more seamless transition. More importantly, he gives Aric the best opportunity to finish the season strong.
The need to name an interim crew chief came as a result of regular/former crew chief Todd Parrott being indefinitely suspended from NASCAR competition after violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy. The suspension came days before the Oct. 20 race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Johns served as fill-in crew chief for that race. According to a press release from RPM, Parrott is no longer employed by Richard Petty Motorsports.
Ebert has been the car chief on the No. 43 team for the past two seasons and has been with RPM in that capacity somewhere within the organization since the inception of Richard Petty Motorsports. Previously, Ebert worked for nine years at Roush Fenway Racing, specifically as a crew chief for five of those nine years.