Published on May 9th, 2014 | by Michael J Smith0
Petty Considering A Switch To Toyota?
According to multiple sources, Richard Petty Motorsports is considering leaving Ford when the team’s contract expires at the end of the year. In 2015, the team is considering fielding Toyotas.
In 2012, when RPM’s contract with Ford was ending, it was reported the RPM was considering a switch to Chevy. RPM officials met with people from Richard Childress Racing about possibly becomming an RCR satellite organization.
Shortly thereafter, RPM renewed with Ford.
There’s no indication of the seriousness of the talks between RPM officials and Toyota officials. But, there might be a potential issue that may prevent RPM from switching to Toyota — engines, according to Motorsport.com.
Currently, Toyota Racing Development can provide engines for eight cars. Right now, they provide engines for Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing. Each of those teams have three cars, which does leave TRD with two extra engines for RPM.
But, if one of those teams decides to expand to a fourth car. That could leave RPM high and dry. Without TRD engines, RPM would have to use Triad Racing Technologies Engines, which would be a step down after using Roush Yates Engines.
Still, if RPM were serious about switching to Toyota, I’m sure TRD would find a way to accommodate them.