Dakoda Armstrong Re-Ups with Richard Petty Motorsports for 2015

Dakoda Armstrong Re-Ups with Richard Petty Motorsports for 2015

by January 7, 2015 0 comments

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. — 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie Dakoda Armstrong has resigned with Richard Petty Motorsports for the upcoming 2015 season.

Armstrong will return to his No. 43 Ford Mustang with 2014 sponsor WinField, who have also resigned with the team for the upcoming campaign for 23 races.

The 23-year-old from New Castle, Indiana, will receive a new crew chief for next year as Frankie Kerr will replace Philippe Lopez as crew chief for the No. 43 machine.

Kerr most recently served as crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series for David Gilliland at Front Row Motorsports in 30 races in the 2014 season and for the full 2013 season. In 66 races as crew chief for FRM’s No. 34 Ford, Kerr helped Gilliland to one top-five, two top-10s, and a pole at Daytona in July of 2014.

The move to the No. 43 XFINITY Series team will make for Kerr’s first series start as crew chief in four-and-a-half years.

Kerr has a winning history in the series as in five career starts as crew chief in the series, Kerr has two wins with Marcos Ambrose at Watkins Glen in 2009 and 2010.

Lopez will remain within the RPM family as the Operations Manager for the organization.

“I’m excited to continue racing for The King,” Armstrong said. “Philippe (Lopez) and I had a good relationship and I feel like I learned a lot in my rookie season with the No. 43 team.

I’m looking forward to continuing that growth into my second season. Now with Frankie (Kerr) coming on board I think we’ll be able to get our communication more in sync.

“We both come from an open-wheel background and he can relate the open-wheel style of driving to the stock cars.”

In his rookie season in the XFINITY Series, Armstrong finished 13th in the drivers’ standings with three top-10 finishes coming at Mid-Ohio, at Richmond in September, and at Texas in November. Armstrong also secured a single Coors Light Pole Award at Daytona in July.

A representative of Richard Petty Motorsports has confirmed to The Fourth Turn that the No. 43 car will be the only car fielded by the team for the 2015 XFINITY Series season. Sponsorship deals for fellow RPM development drivers, Corey LaJoie and Ryan Truex, are still in the works.

Kyle Pokrefky
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