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Richard Petty Motorsports

June 29, 2014,

Richard Petty Motorsports
The history of Richard Petty Motorsports and full crews for Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose

Manufacturer: Ford
Engine builder: Roush Yates Engines
Debut season: 2009
Owner standings

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 ream 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, continues to seek its first victory since 1999.
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Aric Almirola

Hometown: Tampa, Fla.

Primary team members:
Crew chief: Trent Owens | Hometown: Darlington, South Carolina
Car chief: Greg Ebert | Hometown: Marshall, Wisconsin
Engineer: Marc Hendricksen | Hometown: Clinton, New Jersey
Engineer: Jason Stockert | Hometown: Mocksville, North Carolina
Engine tuner: Robert Brandt | Hometown: Mobile, Alabama
Spotter: Tyler Green | Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

Over-the-wall crew members:
Front tire changer: Greg Donlin | Hometown: Zephryhills, Florida
Front tire carrier: Lance Hanna | Hometown: Weatherford, Texas
Rear tire changer: Josh Frankos | Hometown: Weiron, West Virginia
Rear tire carrier: James Houk | Hometown: Fairplay, Missouri
Gas man: Joe Karasinski | Hometown: Spotswood, New Jersey
Jack man: Mike Brown | Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Road crew members:
Underneath mechanic: Kevin McDowell | Hometown: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Road mechanic: Jason Sheets | Hometown: Carmel, Indiana
Interior specialst: Shannon McGlamery | Hometown: Winston Salem, North Carolina
Interior specialist: Lucas Tucker
Shock specialist: Jeff Keller | Hometown: Lyons, Ohio
Tire specialist: John Stewart | Hometown: Plains, Pennsylvania
Truck driver: Jason Edison | Hometown: Dallas, North Carolina
Second truck driver: Scott Robbins | Hometown: Woodsville, New Jersey
Pit support: Kyle Stinson
Pit support: Bobby Grant | Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Pit support: Steve Payton | Hometown: Gaylord, Michigan

Marcos Ambrose

Hometown: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Primary team members:
Crew chief: Drew Blickensderfer | Hometown: Decatur, Illinois
Car chief: Brian Dantinne | Hometown: Menominec, Michigan
Engineer: Derek Stamets | Hometown: Milford, New Jersey
Engineer: Jeff Labrecque | Hometown: Dover, New Hampshire
Engine tuner: Travis Alexander | Hometown: Walla Walla, Pennsylvania
Spotter: Rocky Ryan

Over-the-wall crew members:
Front tire changer: Aaron Powell | Hometown: Merrillville, Indiana
Front tire carrier: Joel Coronel
Rear tire changer: Kyle Power | Hometown: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Rear tire carrier: Donnie Marvel | Hometown: Red Bank, New Jersey
Gas man: Ryan Dextraze | Hometown: Wichita Falls, Texas
Jack man: Kevin Wing | Hometown: Cortland, New York

Road crew members:
Underneath mechanic: Ryan Dextraze | Hometown: Wichita Falls, Texas
Road mechanic: Stephen Gonzalez | Hometown: San Fernando, California
Interior specialist: Brad Tunny | Hometown: Holton, Indiana
Tire specialist: Peter Visconti | Hometown: Nassau, New York
Truck driver: Jeff Neuendorf | Hometown: Watertown, South Dakota
Second truck driver: Eric Moyer | Hometown: Myerstown, Pennsylvania
Pit support: Mike Wright | Hometown: York, Maine
Pit support: Brandon Ouellette | Hometown: Hampstead, New Hampshire
Pit support: Allen Tuttle | Hometown: Tobaccoville, North Carolina