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Ambrose, Almirola swap crew chiefs at RPM

September 10, 2012, Team Release,

Mike Ford will lead Marcos Ambrose's team, while Todd Parrott has been assigned as the crew chief for Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports announced Monday. Team members also will make the switch with their respective crew chief. Several pit crew members also were changed recently.

The move was made to strengthen the RPM organization and improve the performance level now and into the future. The change is effective immediately.

RPM currently has one win, three poles, three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes this season in Sprint Cup. The team was in position to make the Chase for the second season in a row with Ambrose.

"We're continuing to make improvements at Richard Petty Motorsports, and we've added talented people to our organization this season, said Sammy Johns, director of competition. "This move is to make sure that we are using that talent to the fullest to get the best results for our teams each weekend. We feel this adjustment will strengthen the organization, allow us to continue to compete for wins and ultimately challenge for championships."

Ford and Parrott are veteran crew chiefs. Parrott has one Cup championship, a Daytona 500 and 31 Cup wins to his credit. Ford has six Chase berths and 25 Cup wins. Both are looking at the change as an opportunity to better RPM.

"Aric has really shown the desire and dedication to get his first Sprint Cup Series win," Parrott said. "It was great our team helped lead Marcos to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win and poles. We are now ready to help direct Almirola and the No. 43 team to the same results and better."

Ford also is ready to work with Ambrose.

"Marcos is a racer who has proven [he can] win poles and races," Ford said. "Our goal is to take my experiences and make sure we can consistently run up front and continue to win races."

Ford, Parrott and their teams will be working with their new drivers this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.