Richard Petty Motorsports has finally signed a deal with Ford for the 2013 season and will continue to get engines from Roush Fenway Racing. The team still plans on having two drivers in the Sprint Cup next year, yet contracts have not been signed. Richard Petty is rumored to be considering the option of not renewing a contract with Aric Almirola, but Marcos Ambrose is expected to return next year.
RPM Has a New Deal with Ford
Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) has reached a new deal with Ford Racing for the 2013 reason after months of negotiations. It will also continue to get engines from Roush Fenway Racing. Richard Petty's pursuit of the car manufacturer has been well documented, and he has admitted to carrying a contract with him during races to convince Ford to sign. Although the terms of the deal have not been disclosed, one of the main stumbling blocks during the negotiations was reported to be money. RPM is rumored to have agreed to a smaller financial commitment from Ford.
Petty issued the obligatory happy announcement, "They have been our partner over the past three seasons and we're proud to continue that relationship into next season, especially with the debut of the new Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series." After RPM saw Dodge leave NASCAR, the team was left with limited options. Richard Petty will use Ford for two Sprint Cup Series drivers and one Nationwide Series driver. The current sponsors are expected to stay for the 2013 NASCAR season.
The Drivers for RPM Next Season
The 2012 NASCAR season is getting closer to the finish line, but Richard Petty Motorsports has not signed contracts with its current drivers. Marcos Ambrose is likely to return to the team in 2013 and is rumored to be close to reaching a new deal. Ambrose, who has spent the last two seasons with RPM, has accumulated two race wins in the Sprint Cup with one win in Nationwide and has not been pursuing alternative teams. However, Aric Almirola's fate has not been determined. Richard Petty Motorsports carefully crafted the Ford Racing announcement to avoid mentioning either driver.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.
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