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RPM Haulers Late Leaving TMS

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Wednesday, November 10 2010

Richard Petty Motorsports haulers sitting in the parking lot outside of Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images/Texas Motor Speedway)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

Haulers carrying the cars for the teams of Richard Petty Motorsports had not yet left Texas Motor Speedway on Wednesday morning track vice president of media relations Mike Zizzo has confirmed.

Haulers from other teams left the track shortly after Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race. Most returned to race shops in North Carolina so cars and equipment for this weekend’s race could be loaded.

This week’s race will be held at Phoenix International Raceway short track.

RPM spokeswoman Tiffany Breaux told RacinToday this afternoon that the haulers will be headed to PIR later today.

“All four RPM haulers should be en route to Phoenix and if they’re not already they will be soon,” Breaux said.

The RPM team has been co-owned by Richard Petty and George and Foster Gillett. Some of the Gillett’s other businesses have been experiencing financial difficulties and the majority stake in RPM is now reportedly in the hands of those who lent money to Gillett to buy the majority interest in the team.

The fate of RPM has, hence, been placed in doubt. Petty has reportedly been attempting to line up new investors but so far has come up short.

The team had said in recent days that the plan has been to finish out the season with all four of its drivers – A.J. Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Elliott Sadler and Paul Menard – in their RPM cars.

“Nothing has changed,” Breaux said Wednesday afternoon.

(This story will be updated as more information becomes available)

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Wednesday, November 10 2010
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  • Terry says:

    Jim,
    Lien holders impound them?
    No fuel money?
    Why?
    I am at a loss about them not heading back east to the shop with or with out another race to go to. I maybe a little slow on the pick-up with this one.
    Terry

    sidebar…..
    #21 car looked like a top 10 car and the kid drove like a vet….cool as a Fridged-Aire
    smooth as Jack Daniels in your ice tea.