Richard Petty Motorsports
February 01, 2015, NASCAR.com
Engine builder: Roush Yates Engines
Debut season: 2009
Although Richard Petty has been a fixture in NASCAR for almost as long as the series has been around, the current race team that bears his name is relatively new to the scene. Richard Petty Motorsports is the surviving entity of an organization that once also included as owners three-time championship crew chief Ray Evernham and former Montreal Canadiens owner George Gillett.
The current RPM actually has its roots in Evernham Motorsports, which took on Gillett as a partner in 2007 and almost immediately fell into decline. With Gillett at the controls, the team found itself strapped for cash and slumping in performance. Richard Petty was added as a partner after the former Petty Enterprises -- a team founded in 1949 -- merged with the group in 2009, but the King's name alone wasn't enough to revive the organization's fortunes.
That didn't occur until late in 2010, when Gillette was ousted and Petty wrested control of the team along with the help of partners Andrew Murstein and Doug Bergeron. The team struck an alliance with Roush Fenway Racing to provide chassis and engineering help. RPM has won four times at NASCAR's top level, twice with Evernham Motorsports holdover Kasey Kahne, and twice since the reorganization with Marcos Ambrose on road courses. Its flagship No. 43 car, made famous by Petty and currently driven by Aric Almirola, picked up its first victory since 1999 when Almirola won the 2014 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
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Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Primary team members:
Crew chief: Trent Owens | Hometown: Darlington, South Carolina
Car chief: Greg Ebert | Hometown: Marshall, Wisconsin
Engineer: Jason Stockert | Hometown: Mocksville, North Carolina
Engineer: Marc Hendricksen | Hometown: Clinton, New Jersey
Engine tuner: Robert Brandt | Hometown: Mobile, Alabama
Spotter: Tyler Green | Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky
Jackman: TJ Ford | Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Gasman: Justin Reissmann | Hometown: Lexington, North Carolina
Front tire changer: Greg Donlin | Hometown: Zephryhills, Florida
Front tire carrier: Lance Hanna | Hometown: Weatherford, Texas
Rear tire changer: Kyle Power | Hometown: Charlottetown, Prince Edwards Island, Canada
Rear tire carrier: James Houk | Hometown: Fairplay, Missouri
Road crew members:
Underneath mechanic: Doug Powers | Hometown: Ladoga, Indiana
Road mechanic: Jason Sheets | Hometown: Carmel, Indiana
Interior specialst: Joseph Hampton | Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Shock specialist: Jeff Keller | Hometown: Lyons, Ohio
Tire specialist: John Stewart | Hometown: Plains, Pennsylvania
Truck driver: Jason Eidson | Hometown: Dallas, North Carolina
Truck driver: Scott Robbins | Hometown: Woodsville, New Jersey
Pit support: Kyle Stinson
Pit support: Bobby Grant | Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Sam Hornish Jr.
Hometown: Defiance, Ohio
Primary team members:
Crew chief: Kevin "Bono" Manion | Boylston, Massachusetts
Car chief: Brian Dantinne | Wallace, Michigan
Engineer: Derek Stamets | Milford, New Jersey
Engineer: Scott Bingham | Lawrenceville, Georgia
Engine tuner: Travis Alexander | Walla Walla, Washington
Spotter: Tony Raines | LaPorte, Indiana
Jackman: Gabe Martin | Lake Wylie, South Carolina
Gasman: Ben Runge | Crawfordsville, Indiana
Front tire changer: Aaron Powell | Merillville, Indiana
Front tire carrier: Joel Coronel | Chehalis, Washington
Rear tire changer: Colin Fambrough | Tyler, Texas
Rear tire carrier: Donnie Marvel | Union Beach New Jersey
Road crew members:
Underneath road mechanic: Ben Runge | Crawfordsville, Indiana
Interior road mechanic: Brad Tunny | Holton, Indiana
Shock specialist: Jeremy Neeley | Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Tire specialist: Ryan Wellman | Vacaville, California
Truck driver: Eric Moyer | Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania
Pit support: Allen Tuttle | Tobaccoville, North Carolina
Pit support: Peter Visconti | Nassau, New York