Richard Petty Motorsports expected to announce it will remain with Ford –

Posted: Sunday, October 04, 2015

Richard Petty Motorsports has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. ET this Tuesday where the team will announce the manufacturer for 2016 or beyond.

The organization, which fields Sprint Cup Series teams for drivers Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr., is expected to announce it will remain with Ford. The news conference will include team CEO Brian Moffitt and Sammy Johns, vice president of competition and operations.

The team has competed with Ford since 2010 after a stint with Dodge, and has three victories with the Blue Ovals – two with Marcos Ambrose and one last season with Aric Almirola.

While Almirola is signed with the team through the 2016 season, questions remain about Hornish’s status for next season.

In August, Hornish told they were working hard to find the sponsorship needed to remain the driver of the No. 9 after the 2015 season, but he understood things could change quickly.

“From everything I’ve been told, they’re happy with me and we just need to get all the dollars we can get,” Hornish said at Michigan International Speedway. “It’s one of those chicken-and-the-egg type things. You always need more money to go faster and get better finishes, but you need to get better finishes to get the money.

“I just need to do my job to the best of my ability on and off the track, whether it’s dealing with our sponsors or our potential sponsors. The other aspect of it, the fact that other people can bring money along, that’s way out of my hands.” 


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