Richard Petty Motorsports is hoping a new driver, combined with a new manufacture, will be the secret to success in 2018.
The organization stated on Friday that they will be switching from Ford to Chevrolet next season, with Darrell Wallace Jr. set to drive the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. RPM has previously fielded Chevrolets in the past, scoring 31 Cup wins with General Motors.
This isn’t Wallace’s first time in the Chevrolet family, as he won a Camping World Truck Series event last year for the manufacture.
“I’ve had some great memories with Chevrolet and I’m ready to make a lot more,” Wallace, Jr. said. “The entire RPM team is ready for 2018, and now we have a big piece of the puzzle put in place. We’re all eager to start preparing our No. 43 Camaro for 2018, working and creating new ideas with RCR. This is a new journey and we’re all ready to begin it.”
Along with a new manufacture, the team announced they have formed a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing, with RCR supplying chassis and engineering support; RPM will also receive their motors from ECR Engines. To help make the move go smoothly, RPM will move its team headquarters next to the RCR campus in Welcome, N.C. The move will begin immediately and be completed by January.
“We’ve had a tremendous amount of success through our team partnerships over the past several seasons”, said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. “To bring a storied organization like Richard Petty Motorsports on-board as an alliance partner is a win for each of our organizations.”
The move marks a historical shift in NASCAR landscape as two of the most iconic teams unite together for the first time.
“This is our next chapter of Petty racing,” said Richard Petty, co-owner, Richard Petty Motorsports. “We need to provide Bubba, Drew (Blickensderfer) and the rest of the team with the tools necessary to be successful on the track, and I feel strongly this is the best move for RPM, our partners and everyone involved with our team. Chevrolet has been a consistent winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for a long time and we’re proud to be a part of the GM family again. We feel we can immediately win with Chevrolet and our new alliance with RCR.”
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