Richard Petty Motorsports announced that it will field a Nationwide Series entry in 2012. Michael Annett will drive the team’s No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang full time in 2012. The team will run out of RPM’s shop in Concord, NC and will vie for the Nationwide Series championship.
Annett joins RPM from Rusty Wallace Inc, which suspended operations  in the off-season. Annett posted 13 top-10 finishes in 105 Nationwide Series starts and drove to a ninth-place finish in the championship points standings last season.
They say that when one door closes, another door opens, and that is most definitely true. We were left scrambling a bit because of the situation with RWI and were unsure what the future held, but I couldn’t be happier with the way things have turned out. To have the chance to race for Richard Petty and to be under the RPM umbrella is amazing. It has all come together really quickly, but together with Pilot Flying J and Ford, this is the best opportunity I have ever had to race a Nationwide Series car. There’s a lot to be done before we get to Daytona in a few weeks and I can’t wait to dive in and get started.
Team owner Richard Petty said:
We are looking forward to getting back into the Nationwide Series full time and seeing what Michael Annett can do in an RPM Ford Mustang. Michael has improved every season he has raced in the Nationwide Series and has the dedication and drive to be a success.