Richard Petty Motorsports has swapped crew chiefs and crews for its No. 9 and No. 43 Sprint Cup Series entries driven by Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola, respectively.
Ambrose will now have Mike Ford atop the pit box, while Almirola will have Todd Parrott as his crew chief.
The goal of this move is to strengthen both teams.
RPM competition director Sammy Johns said:
We’re continuing to make improvements at Richard Petty Motorsports and we’ve added talented people to our organization this season. This move is to make sure that we are using that talent to the fullest to get the best results for our teams each weekend. We feel this adjustment will strengthen the organization, allow us to continue to compete for wins and ultimately challenge for championships.
Aric has really shown the desire and dedication to get his first Sprint Cup Series win. It was great our team helped lead Marcos to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win and poles. We are now ready to help direct Almirola and the #43 team to the same results and better.
Marcos is a racer who has proven to win poles and races. Our goal is to take my experiences and make sure we can consistently run up front and continue to win races.
In related news, FoxSports.com  is reporting that RPM officials met with people from Richard Childress Racing about becoming a satellite organization to RCR, which would mean a switch from Ford to Chevy.
Team owner Richard Petty said:
No comment on anything because I don’t have a clue what’s going on. When we get everything squared away, we’ll talk to you. Other than that, there ain’t nothing. There ain’t nothing there ’til we bring something there, and right now we have nothing.