NASCAR reinstates crew chief Todd Parrott
January 07, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
NASCAR reinstated crew chief Todd Parrott on Tuesday after successful completion of the NASCAR Road to Recovery program, nearly three months after his indefinite suspension for a substance abuse violation.
Parrott, most recently the crew chief of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford driven by Aric Almirola, was suspended Oct. 17 after a positive test during events last fall at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Petty organization terminated Parrott shortly thereafter.
Five days after the suspension was announced, Parrott spoke about the violation on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, offering an apology and saying his use of the undisclosed substance was an isolated incident. He also disclosed to the satellite radio channel that he had contacted John Bobo, NASCAR senior director of racing operations and substance abuse program, to begin the Road to Recovery process.
"I know it's not going to be pretty, it's not going to be fun," Parrott told SiriusXM on Oct. 22, regarding the reinstatement program. "It's tough on my family, my kids, my wife, mom, dad, my brother, everybody involved. But I'm going to do everything I can do to prove to everybody that I'm a whole lot better person than this."
Each person who enters the Road to Recovery program must complete a personally tailored plan before they can return to competition.
Parrott, who helped guide Dale Jarrett to two Daytona 500 wins and the 1999 title in NASCAR's premier series, had been with the Petty team since the summer of 2010. His biggest successes with RPM were being atop the pit box for both of Marcos Ambrose's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories at Watkins Glen International.