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RPM Signs Ambrose; Stanley To Sponsor Him

Posted By Michael J Smith On August 17, 2010 @ 5:43 pm In Cup | 5 Comments

[2]Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that Marcos Ambrose will drive the team’s No. 9 car in 2011, replacing the departing Kasey Kahne, who is leaving to drive for Red Bull Racing in 2011 while he waits for a seat to open up at Hendrick Motorsports.

Ambrose will be sponsored by Stanley Black & Decker, which was rumored to be leaving to team to follow Elliott Sadler to another team. Sadler announced last month that he was leaving the team at season’s end [3]. There have been reports that RPM is interested in bringing him back, though.

Kahne announced in April that he signed a deal with Hendrick Motorsports [4] in 2012. But, because HMS has four drivers under contract for 2011, Kahne was left without a ride.

Speculation began that Mark Martin would be asked to step aside so that Kahne could drive the No. 5 in 2011. Martin maintained that he would be in the No. 5 next season, leading to speculation and rumors about where Kahne would end up. He signed a one-year deal with RBR [5] last week.

Last month, Ambrose also announced that he was leaving  JTG Daugherty Racing [6] at season’s end. At that time, he was instantly linked to RPM and the seat Kahne was vacating. Bobby Labonte was announced as Ambrose’s replacement [7] at JTG.

With this news, RPM has two drivers under contract for 2011. Sadler is still looking to leave the team, and Paul Menard left the team to join Richard Childress Racing [8].

AJ Allmendinger signed a contract extension with RPM [9] earlier this summer.

Team owner Richard Petty said:

Ambrose said:

Stanley Tools said:


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[3] leaving the team at season’s end: http://lead-lap.com/2010/07/10/sadler-not-returning-to-rpm-next-season-open-to-other-options/

[4] signed a deal with Hendrick Motorsports: http://lead-lap.com/2010/04/13/report-kahne-signs-multi-year-deal-with-hms/

[5] one-year deal with RBR: http://lead-lap.com/2010/08/09/kahne-to-red-bull-racing-in-2011/

[6] leaving  JTG Daugherty Racing: http://lead-lap.com/2010/07/27/ambrose-to-leave-jtg-at-end-of-season/

[7] announced as Ambrose’s replacement: http://lead-lap.com/2010/07/28/labonte-to-replace-ambrose-at-jtg-next-season/

[8] join Richard Childress Racing: http://lead-lap.com/2010/08/05/report-menard-agrees-in-principle-to-drive-for-rcr/

[9] contract extension with RPM: http://lead-lap.com/2010/08/04/report-allmendinger-signs-multi-year-extension-with-rpm/

[10] : http://lead-lap.com/2010/08/17/rpm-signs-ambrose-stanley-to-sponsor-him/

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