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RPM’s Parrott Suspended

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Thursday, October 17 2013

Todd Parrott was suspended by NASCAR on Thursday. (File photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

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NASCAR announced Thursday afternoon that Todd Parrott, crew chief for the No. 42 Sprint Cup car of Richard Petty Motorsports, has been indefinitely suspended for violating the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy.

On Oct. 17, Parrott was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book.

Sammy Johns, the Pett team’s vice president of operations and competition, will take over as interim crew chief for driver Aric Almirola.

Parrott is a former championship winning crew chief. He served the role for  Dale Jarrett’s Cup championship season in 1999. Parrott was on the pit box for two of Jarrett’s three Daytona 500 wins, guiding the No. 88 car for team owner Robert Yates to Victory Lane there in 1996 and 2000.

He also worked as crew chief for former series champions Bobby Labonte and Matt Kenseth.

He joined the Richard Petty Motorsports team in the summer of 2010, four years removed from a brief stint with the team when it was known as Petty Enterprises. Since then, Parrott has scored two victories with RPM, overseeing both of Marcos Ambrose’s Sprint Cup wins at Watkins Glen International.

Parrott shifted from the No. 9 team of Ambrose to work with Almirola in the No. 43 for the final 10 races of 2012. So far this season, Almirola ranks 18th in Sprint Cup points with one top-five finish and six top-10s.

Richard Petty Motorsports said in a team statement that it “fully supports” NASCAR’s ruling.

“We have an expectation of all RPM employees to conduct themselves at the highest level of professionalism and within the competitive confines as set forth by NASCAR,” Johns said. “We are very disappointed that one of our employees did not meet our expectations and we completely support NASCAR, their policies and final decisions when it comes to the substance abuse policy.”

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Thursday, October 17 2013
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