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Petty announces full sponsorship plans

January 24, 2011, Team Release, NASCAR.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- DeWalt returns to NASCAR as co-primary sponsor on Ambrose's No. 9

Richard Petty Motorsports officials announced Monday the 2011 partner lineup for the No. 9 and No. 43 RPM Sprint Cup Series teams.

"We've got a lineup of great sponsors for both Richard Petty Motorsports teams next season," Richard Petty said. "Though we went through some trying times at the end of 2010, our partners saw the value in our organization and remained committed to us for the future. Best Buy, Stanley and DeWalt have made huge commitments to this race team and we thank them for their confidence in our race team. We're fortunate to have Valvoline, U.S. Air Force, WIX Filters, Reynolds, Super 8 and Paralyzed Veterans of America on board as well.

"We've set our goals and our standards high at Richard Petty Motorsports, and we're committed to reaching those goals," Petty said. "Getting the No. 43 and No. 9 cars to Victory Lane is our number one priority and we have the drive, talent and enthusiasm to do so. We're completely focused on building this organization into a winning race team and the talent at RPM runs deep."

The sponsor lineup for 2011 includes several organizations that have partnered with Richard Petty in the past. Stanley, an RPM sponsor since 2005, returns. The 2011 season will also have a new addition to the RPM partner family as DeWalt returns to the sport. Both brands will serve as primary sponsors of the No. 9 Ford Fusion driven by Marcos Ambrose.

"Stanley and DeWalt are proud to partner with Marcos Ambrose and Richard Petty Motorsports," said Scott Bannell, Vice President Corporate Brand Management and Licensing, Stanley and DeWalt. "Richard Petty is a legend in the sport and we are honored to have him as the face of our brands on and off the track."

Ambrose has racked up seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in his Cup career. Championship-winning crew chief Todd Parrott will lead the No. 9 team.

Best Buy will return to sponsor the No. 43 and driver A.J. Allmendinger for 24 races. Leading that team will be Mike Shiplett, who has worked with Allmendinger for several years at RPM. Valvoline, U.S. Air Force, WIX Filters, Reynolds and Paralyzed Veterans of America will round out the sponsorship package on the famed No. 43 car.