After news broke last week that the RPM staff’s storied #43 could be underneath new majority possession subsequent 12 months, the rebranded organisation formally revealed its new identify throughout a information convention on Tuesday, during which it was revealed that the staff will run two Chevrolets for Erik Jones and Ty Dillon.
Jones, who just lately signed a contract extension with RPM, will proceed to drive the #43 initially made well-known by seven-time champion Richard Petty.
Dillon was initially going to drive the #94 for GMS, however will change to the #42 in deference to Petty Motorsports founder Lee Petty – who used that quantity from 1949 to 1961.
The #42 was most just lately utilized by Chip Ganassi Racing, which has bought its NASCAR franchises to Justin Marks’ Trackhouse Racing outfit.
GMS Racing proprietor Maury Gallagher mentioned he was “very enthusiastic about this chance” to work alongside “arguably the best driver in NASCAR historical past” in Richard Petty, who will function chairman of the revamped organisation and stay a face of the staff on the racetrack.
“Petty GMS could have a sole focus of successful,” mentioned Gallagher, whose outfit gained Truck Collection titles in 2016 and 2020 with Johnny Sauter and Sheldon Creed however has by no means beforehand competed within the Cup Collection.
“Each groups have a monitor document of successful and now we have a robust want to proceed this legacy in a brand new chapter.
“Ty and Erik have confirmed themselves by means of the years and we’re wanting ahead to the success they may have as team-mates.”
Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Medallion Financial institution
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Petty GMS Motorsports will function out of GMS Racing’s present facility in Statesville, North Carolina.
Petty, who stays probably the most profitable driver of all time within the Cup sequence with 200 wins and 123 poles, mentioned the deal would enhance the staff’s aggressive prospects and praised the “expertise now we have between the 2 organisations”.
The final win for the #43 staff got here with Aric Almirola at Daytona in 2014.
“Maury (Gallagher) and Mike (Beam, staff president) have constructed a extremely strong organisation at GMS,” mentioned Petty.
“They’ve gained a number of races and a few championships within the Truck Collection, and I actually look ahead to doing the identical within the Cup Collection.
“Maury’s dedication to competing and successful is apparent in all the things he does, that’s one thing we actually wanted.
“The chance to mix our two organisations on the Cup entrance makes a number of sense for all of us for a variety of causes, certainly one of which is the expertise now we have between the 2 organisations. It will make us so much stronger collectively.”
Petty added that he appeared ahead to seeing the #42 and #43 compete collectively on the monitor once more.
“I grew up watching my dad [Lee] race that automobile, I labored on vehicles with that quantity manner earlier than I began racing,” he mentioned.
“Dad had a number of success successful races and championships with that quantity. Kyle [Richard’s son] drove vehicles and gained races with the #42 as nicely. It’s actually particular to me that Petty GMS can be racing that automobile quantity.”