The Petty team moves in with the Childress franchise, kinda.

Did RPM just become part of RCR?

It does appear so, at least in a kinda-sorta way, though the King tried to inject some daylight into the relationship. Quick reminder: It was recently announced that Richard Petty Motorsports, with its flagship No. 43 car, will switch manufacturers (again) and go from Ford to Chevy, and along with that will form “a relationship” with Richard Childress Racing. Relationship? I’ll say — they’ve moved in together. Well, sorta.


The Petty team, starting anew with driver Bubba Wallace next season, has left the shop it was leasing down in the North Carolina racing hub of Mooresville. The team is now headquartered on the RCR “campus” up the road in Welcome, N.C., just south of Winston-Salem. “We’re off in the corner up at RCR,” Petty told at the PRI show in Indianapolis last week. “We’re on the campus but we’re really not on the campus.” Childress has the room since the team’s No. 27 cars went away when Paul Menard left for the Wood Brothers.

And what about Danica?

When she went public with her retirement plans at Homestead, those plans included two 2018 dates — the Daytona 500 in February, the Indy 500 in May — and then an exit from racing. General consensus focused on Ganassi Racing providing the cars for both efforts next year, but Chip Ganassi seemed to knock that down last week at Indy’s PRI gathering. After talking around the subject and praising the idea of a Daytona/Indy exit plan, and confirming that talks were held with her people and his people, Chip finally said, “… probably not going to happen.” Well, not with Ganassi, it seems, but probably elsewhere. We think.

— Ken Willis,