Richard Petty Motorsports

RPAC Racing, LLC,[2] dba Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team is owned by seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty and New York businessman Andrew M. Murstein.[3] The team was founded as Evernham Motorsports in 2000 by former crew chief Ray Evernham, entering full-time competition as a two-car operation in 2001 and fielding additional full-time entries in alliances with Ultra Motorsports and the Valvoline corporation. The organization was renamed Gillett Evernham Motorsports in 2007 after former Montreal Canadiens and Liverpool F.C. owner George Gillett bought a controlling interest from founder Evernham, and took on its current name after merging with Petty's team Petty Enterprises in 2009.[4][5] Known for its factory backing from Dodge since its inception, the team switched to Ford in late 2009 and merged with Yates Racing for 2010. The team has the odd distinction of being the result of three successful teams (Evernham, Petty, & Yates) merging after falling on hard times.[6]

Richard Petty Motorsports
Owner(s)Richard Petty
Andrew M. Murstein (Medallion Financial Corp.)
BaseWelcome, North Carolina
SeriesNASCAR Cup Series
Race drivers43. Erik Jones
Sponsors43. Armor All, Petty's Garage, Medallion Bank, Tide, Food City, U.S. Air Force, The Lonely Entrepreneur, STP, Scag Power Equipment, Clean Harbors, Columbia Sportswear
ManufacturerChevrolet
Opened2000
Career
DebutCup Series
2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 (Richmond) (as Evernham Motorsports)[1]
2007 Centurion Boats at the Glen (Watkins Glen) (as Gillett Evernham Motorsports)
2009 Daytona 500 (Daytona) (as Richard Petty Motorsports)
Xfinity Series
2003 Target House 200 (Rockingham) (as Evernham Motorsports)
2009 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve) (as Richard Petty Motorsports)
Craftsman Truck Series
2006 GM Flex Fuel 250 (Daytona)
Latest raceCup Series
2007 Pennsylvania 500 (as Evernham Motorsports)
2008 Ford 400 (as Gillett Evernham Motorsports)
2021 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (Bristol)
Xfinity Series
2016 Hisense 4K TV 300 (Charlotte)
Craftsman Truck Series
2006 Ford 200 (Homestead)
Races competedTotal: 1,780
Cup Series: 1,519
492 (as Evernham Motorsports)
134 (as Gillett Evernham Motorsports)
893 (as Richard Petty Motorsports)
Xfinity Series: 236
109 (as Evernham Motorsports)
127 (as Richard Petty Motorsports)
Craftsman Truck Series: 25
Drivers' ChampionshipsTotal: 0
Cup Series: 0
Xfinity Series: 0
Craftsman Truck Series: 0
Race victoriesTotal: 27
Cup Series: 20
13 (as Evernham Motorsports)
2 (as Gillett Evernham Motorsports)
5 (as Richard Petty Motorsports)
Xfinity Series: 7
5 (as Evernham Motorsports)
2 (as Richard Petty Motorsports)
Craftsman Truck Series: 0
Pole positionsTotal: 42
Cup Series: 36
23 (as Evernham Motorsports)
4 (as Gillett Evernham Motorsports)
9 (as Richard Petty Motorsports)
Xfinity Series: 6
5 (as Evernham Motorsports)
1 (as Richard Petty Motorsports)
Craftsman Truck Series: 0

After funding issues due to the Gillett family's financial woes, in November 2010, an investment group including Andrew M. Murstein and his Medallion Financial Corporation, Douglas G. Bergeron, and Richard Petty himself, signed and closed sale on racing assets of Richard Petty Motorsports.[7][8][9] Petty, Murstein, and Medallion Financial are the current owners of the team, while Evernham, Gillett, and Bergeron are no longer involved with the team.[10]

The team currently fields the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro full-time for Erik Jones in the NCS and has a partnership with Richard Childress Racing.[11]