The famed Richard Petty Motorsports team will switch from Ford to Chevrolet for the next NASCAR season, trading their Fusions for Camaros in 2018, ESPN reports. The team has also formed an alliance with Richard Childress Racing, allowing Petty to secure some shop space on the Childress campus.
Richard Petty Motorsports chose to leave its Mooresville, North Carolina shop when its lease ran out after the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team finished 24th in the owner standings this year, and heads into 2018 with Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. taking the place of Aric Almirola, who will occupy Danica Patrick’s old spot on the Stewart-Haas Racing team.
“We needed a change, and Chevrolet and [Richard Childress Racing] clearly saw the immense value of the Petty brand, which I believe is simply the best in the sport,” Richard Petty Motorsports majority owner Andrew Murstein said Thursday, according to ESPN. “We hope to combine our best with their best and take it to another level in 2018.”
“No one has won more championships the last 10 years than Chevrolet, and no one has won more races and more championships in the history of NASCAR than Richard Petty himself. It’s a perfect match.