Todd Parrott, crew chief of Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 43 Sprint Cup Ford and driver Aric Almirola, has been indefintely suspended from NASCAR competition for violating the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy.
Parrott was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book.
RPM said that it fully supports Parrott’s suspension.
Sammy Johns, a vice president at RPM, will take over crew chief duties. He said:
We have an expectation of all RPM employees to conduct themselves at the highest level of professionalism and within the competitive confines as set forth by NASCAR. We are very disappointed that one of our employees did not meet our expectations and we completely support NASCAR, their policies and final decisions when it comes to the substance abuse policy.
Update: Todd Parrott has been released from Richard Petty Motorsports after he was suspended for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy. Parrott is headed to NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program. Greg Ebert will take of crew chief duties of the No. 43 Ford driven by Aric Almirola.
Not a whole lot I can say. I feel bad about it, and I’m sorry for it and I’m ready to move on.