On Saturday Richard Petty Motorsports announced that both Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola will return to the team next season to compete full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in their respective No. 9 and No. 43 rides.
Stanley and Dewalt will continue on as primary sponsors for Ambrose's No. 9 Ford in his third season with RPM.
"It's good to come back to Richard Petty Motorsports and focus on our future together," Ambrose said. "We had success this year and recently have made plans to get better for 2013 and beyond. It was great to win at Watkins Glen, earn my first two poles and also have the opportunity to make the Chase this year. I think the Petty organization, and this No. 9 team under the leadership of the King, Sammy [Johns] and Drew [Blickensderfer], is going to be even stronger next season. I can't think of a better place to be and am ready to win."
Ambrose is currently 18th in the points standings with the one win at Watkins Glen. He also has two poles, three top 5's and eight top 10's in the 35 races.
"We went through some changes this season, but since being paired with Todd [Parrot] and this crew, I've had the most fun I've had in a Cup car," Almirola said. "I think we have a lot of things 'clicking' right now and have a lot of momentum heading into 2013. Everyone at RPM seems to have good chemistry right now and that's a good feeling as we all prepare for 2013."
Almirola is currently 21st in the points, 13 behind Jamie McMurray for a top 20 spot entering the final race. He has one pole, one top 5 and three top 10's.
Michael Annett will also continue to pilot the No. 43 Ford in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for RPM for the second straight season. He is currently fifth in the Nationwide Series standings heading into today's final race at Homestead. He is five points ahead of Justin Allgaier as he tries to finish in the top 5. He has six top 5's and 17 top 10's in the 32 races run.Tags: aric almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Michael Annett, Motorsports, Nationwide Series, Richard Petty Motorsports, RPM, Smithfield Foods, Sprint Cup Series