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Richard Petty Motorsports Not Only Team to Benefit from New Shop

Richard Petty Motorsports Not Only Team to Benefit from New Shop

by December 12, 2014 0 comments

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. — A piece of familiar real estate acquired by Richard Petty Motorsports in October may provide the tools necessary to not only benefit themselves, but other teams under the Ford Racing banner as well in 2015.

Following the conclusion of the 2014 season, Richard Petty Motorsports began to move their Sprint Cup and XFINITY programs back into a shop in Mooresville, North Carolina, that the team called home in 2007 and 2008.

The organization’s ‘new’ home is twice the size of the team’s existing shop in Concord, North Carolina – providing the team more space to perform race engineering-related functions such as hanging bodies onto their chassis.

“I think we’ve got a lot of good things coming,” Aric Almirola, driver of RPM’s No. 43 in the Sprint Cup Series, said. “We’ve moved into a shop that is double the size of the shop we were in. We’re going to take on the task of hanging our own bodies – just to try to have more control.”

With limited space in the team’s Concord base, Richard Petty Motorsports looked to their now former neighbor and fellow Ford team Roush Fenway Racing to hang Roush-provided bodies on their chassis.

“What we had when we were getting cars from Roush is we would get cars the week of the race and we would kind of just assemble them and go race them – not that that’s a bad thing, but that was just the situation that we were in,” Almirola said. “I feel like now we’ll have a whole fab shop to be able to, if we come back from a race and we want to cut stuff up, we can do it. If we can make it happen it will make us a little bit more flexible.”

The increased space of the new shop not only provides Richard Petty Motorsports the creative flexibility of performing their own body fabrication work, but it also affords Roush Fenway more flexibility as well with a shrunken responsibility towards helping a fellow team.

While Roush Fenway will no longer perform the body work for RPM, they will still collaborate with their ex-neighbors by sharing technical information and data with them.

“I think it’s also going to make Roush a lot more flexible, because they won’t have to be worrying about the No. 9 and No. 43 cars getting them through the process,” Almirola continued. “We’re still planning on sharing technical information with them and wind tunnel data.

“I think having two shops and building two separate race cars and trying to come up with the best scenario is going to be good for both of us.”

The perks of RPM’s move to their new Mooresville-based location will hopefully boost the two-car operation’s standing in the Sprint Cup garage in 2015 with Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. – the new driver of the No. 9 Ford.

This season, Almirola qualified for the Chase after a victory in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona and finished 16th in the points standings. Marcos Ambrose, this year’s driver of the No. 9 car, finished 23rd in the points standings.

Kyle Pokrefky
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