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NASCAR: Richard Petty discusses possible move of his team to Toyota

May 19, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

Can Richard Petty truly be serious about potentially shifting from Ford to Toyota in 2015? Getty Images

During an appearance at a function for Dollar General on Monday, seven-time Sprint Cup champion Richard Petty addressed reports that his Richard Petty Motorsports team was considering a move from Ford to Toyota.

A Motorsport.com story from earlier this month reported that Petty met with Toyota representatives during the Toyota Owners 400 weekend at Richmond International Raceway back in April.

Additionally, the site reported over the weekend that Petty visited Ford headquarters in Michigan last week.

In that same story, Ford Racing director Jamie Allison stated that the team’s contract with the Blue Oval was not set to expire at the end of this season.

“Obviously, these manufacturer/team contracts are not for public negotiations,” Allison said to writer Lee Spencer.

“We’re at a good place with the King…We are going through and understanding could be available and what their interests are.”

Meanwhile, during his appearance yesterday at DG headquarters in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Petty took a big-picture approach to the subject.

“We’ve got to look at our team and look at our circumstances,” Petty said according to Mike Organ of The Tennessean. “We’ve got to look and say, ‘Okay, what’s going to be the best for us right now, what’s going to the best for us two years down the road, what’s going to be the best for us five years down the road?’”

Petty added: “We’re out looking and seeing what all the factories have got laid out for their future to see if we can fit into any of that.”

RPM currently fields two Fords for drivers Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola in the Sprint Cup series, and each of them have had some solid performances in the opening quarter of the season.

The team has been in the Ford camp since the 2009 season after jumping over from Dodge; that manufacturer would leave NASCAR at the end of 2012.

  1. techmeister1 - May 19, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Dodge has done such a terrible job in motorsports the past 20 years it’s no wonder they are out of CRASHCAR. The next Dodge you see in CRASHCAR is likely to be a Fiat with a Dodge name plate.

    As far as RPR is concerned their days in CRASHCAR may be limited as it’s tough to compete with the mega-teams.

  2. bornahawker - May 19, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Who watches the commercials on Sunday while a race is pretending to happen. Jimmie Johnson and Cheat Kanaus ruined the racing part and NASCAR ruined the ability to watch with all the commercials. NFL is also headed in the same firection, fleecing the fans till they leave. Last time I watched a race was 2008. Southern inbreds are all that’s left. Too dumb to bail.

  3. grgstrickland - May 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    whats next are we going to take down our American flag and put up a frekin jap one.

    • don444 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:27 AM

      “Frekin jap one?” LOL Wow, what a monumental idiot YOU are, not to mention a filthy redneck racist.

  4. fave88 - May 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Seriously Richard????? What on earth are you thinking? Or are you thinking!!!! This must be all about money, because it’s just plain stupid to leave Ford for the piece of crap Jap Toyota that never should have been brought into Nascar in the first place!!!!!!!!!

  5. camino409robert1026 - May 20, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Petty has lost what little mind he had. Go ON,SUPPORT THOSE JUNKERS MADE FROM OUR SCRAP! FIRST YOU THINK DANICA CAN NOT DRIVE & THEN YOU THINK OF GOING THE COMMUNIST ROUTE? SOMEONE TAKE HIM IN FOR A DIMENTIA CHECK!!!

    • dameslc - May 21, 2014 at 12:49 AM

      The Japanese are communists???

      • don444 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:31 AM

        They’re not, that guy is just a redneck imbecile speaking on things he knows NOTHING about. You know, like he always does.

  6. charger383 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    43 on a toyota and I’m done with NASCAR

    • don444 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:29 AM

      Get lost then, moron, no one will miss your useless ass.

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