The battle is finally over for the King, Richard Petty, and his Richard Petty Motorsports team. After months of negotiations, the team has come to an agreement with Ford Motor Company for the 2013 season.
The new agreement will guarantee that the team’s two Sprint Cup Series team and its Nationwide Series team will race under the Ford banner and it also means that RPM will continue to benefit from their technical alliance with Roush-Fenway Racing and their engine alliance with Roush-Yates Racing.
For months, speculation led many to believe that RPM would leave the Ford camp and take over as Dodge’s main team with Penske Racing leaving to join Ford again.
Petty is working on his 2012 driver lineup for the Sprint Cup Series. Marcos Ambrose is expected by many to return, but not too many people are sure of the fate of Aric Almirola. His performances were definitely not what they expected when they signed him for this season.
For the Nationwide Series program, Michael Annett will more than likely return especially with his sponsorship security and the top-10 points run they’ve had this year. The team will look to improve on that and win the 2013 Nationwide Series championship. Some Sprint Cup races may also be included in his 2013 plans with the team.