Todd Parrott, crew chief for Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports car, has been suspended by NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy.
"Todd Parrott, a crew member in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy," NASCAR's statement said.
"On Oct. 17, Parrott was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book."
Parrott has 31 Sprint Cup Series wins as a NASCAR crew chief and was the crew chief for Dale Jarrett when he won the 1999 Sprint Cup Series championship with Robert Yates Racing.
RPM said that Sammy Johns, the team's VP of Operations and Competition, would take Parrott's spot atop Almirola's pit box.
"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," Johns said in a statement. "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."
Parrott became Almirola's crew chief in September of 2012 when the team swapped crew chiefs for the final 10 races of the season.
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