Richard Petty Motorsports switches to Chevrolet, aligns with Richard Childress Racing – USA TODAY


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NASCAR legend Richard Petty – The King -
turns 80 on July 2.

Two prominent racing Richards are going racing together.

Richard Petty Motorsports is switching from Fords to Chevrolets for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season and will race in affiliation with Richard Childress Racing, a long-time Chevrolet team.

The new pairing brings together two of NASCAR’s iconic personalities — seven-time Cup champion Richard Petty and Richard Childress, who won six championships with driver Dale Earnhardt Sr.

The two team owners have been friends and competitors for decades; now they will join hands in an attempt to lift both organizations.

Darrell Wallace Jr. will drive for RPM next season, becoming the first full-time African-American driver at the Cup level since NASCAR Hall of Fame member Wendell Scott raced in 1971.

RPM has struggled in recent seasons and lost driver Aric Almirola and key sponsor Smithfield Foods to the Stewart-Haas Racing team for 2018.

RPM co-owner Andrew Murstein in a statement to ESPN said:

“We needed a change, and Chevrolet and RCR clearly saw the immense value of the Petty brand, which I believe is simply the best in the sport. We hope to combine our best with their best and take it to another level in 2018. … With this new move, and with Bubba (Wallace) coming aboard who is one of the most talented and hottest young drivers in the sport, we couldn’t be more excited about our future. “

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