NASCAR Cup team Richard Petty Motorsports will be known as Petty GMS Motorsports in 2022 following the recent purchase of a majority interest by the GMS Racing Truck outfit.
After the news that the RPM staff’s storied #43 could be underneath new majority possession subsequent 12 months, the rebranded organisation formally revealed its new identity throughout an information convention on Tuesday, during which it was revealed that the staff will run two Chevrolets for Erik Jones and Ty Dillon.
Jones, who just lately signed a contract extension with RPM, will proceed to drive the #43 initially made well-known by seven-time champion Richard Petty.
Dillon was initially going to drive the #94 for GMS, however will change to the #42 in deference to Petty Motorsports founder Lee Petty – who used that quantity from 1949 to 1961.
The #42 was most just lately utilized by Chip Ganassi Racing, which has bought its NASCAR franchises to Justin Marks’ Trackhouse Racing outfit.
“Very enthusiastic about this chance. To work alongside “arguably the best driver in NASCAR historical past” in Richard Petty, who will function as chairman of the revamped organisation and stay a face of the staff on the racetrack,” said GMS Racing proprietor, Maury Gallagher.
“Petty GMS could have a sole focus of success, whose outfit gained Truck Collection titles in 2016 and 2020 with Johnny Sauter and Sheldon Creed however has by no means beforehand competed within the Cup Collection. Each group have a monitor document of success and now we have a robust want to proceed with this legacy in a brand new chapter. Ty and Erik have confirmed themselves by means of the years and we’re wanting ahead to the success they may have as team-mates,” mentioned Gallagher.
Petty GMS Motorsports will function out of GMS Racing’s present facility in Statesville, North Carolina.
Petty, who stays probably the most profitable driver of all time within the Cup sequence with 200 wins and 123 poles, mentioned the deal would enhance the staff’s aggressive prospects and praised the “expertise now we have between the 2 organisations”.