Richard Petty Motorsports Signs Two Developmental Drivers

Aric Almirola


(WOMR file photo)

This week Richard Petty Motorsports has made two very substantial additions to their racing operations.  RPM has signed two very promising young race car drivers to bolster, and expand, their racing operations in the Nationwide Series!

The following is a press releases from RPM:

Richard Petty Motorsports has signed a development deal with Corey LaJoie, and plans on putting the 21-year-old in a few Nationwide races later this season.  Additionally, RPM intends on running a full series schedule next year, with LaJoie pending sponsorship.

“It definitely takes a lot of weight off my shoulders,” LaJoie told Motor Racing Network on Saturday morning. “We’ve been working so hard on a shoe-string budget. It’s cool that somebody takes notice and invest in me and, hopefully, push me to the next level. I’m really excited to be a part of their family.” LaJoie, son of two-time Nationwide champion Randy LaJoie, has run a limited schedule with his family’s operation this season. He has also run only two NASCAR K&N Pro Series races this season, before getting a chance to race in Saturday night’s K&N Pro Series East race at Bowman-Gray Stadium and defend last year’s win. LaJoie said he plans to run a few ARCA races later this year ,and will receive engines, technical support and a pit crew from RPM. His first ARCA race likely will be next month at Chicagoland Speedway.(Motor Racing Network)

Richard Petty Motorsports additionally confirmed Sunday it has signed Ryan Truex to a development deal.  This is the second young driver to join the organization this week! Truex joins Corey LaJoie, who also signed a development deal.

Sponsorship will determine their programs, Sammy Johns, RPM’s competition director, told Motor Racing Network. The 21-year-old Truex has run 35 Nationwide races the past three seasons for a variety of teams, including Michael Waltrip Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing. He had two top-five finishes and nine top 10s. He’s run three Camping World Truck Series races, including Daytona this season. Truex placed 28th in that race, his only start in any of NASCAR’s national series this season.

Ryan Truex, the brother of Martin Truex Jr., was scheduled to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at Richmond but had to miss that after breaking his collarbone in two places on Easter. Ryan Truex had hinted in recent days on Twitter that he’d been hired. He tweeted Saturday that “I will say that my future is finally clear and secure.”

The changes are part of the growth Richard Petty Motorsports is seeking to make. “I think we’re changing as a company,” Johns said. “There have been a couple of years where we were just trying to keep the doors open. We’ve got a lot better footing on that. Our Cup programs are starting to run better and we’re starting to look like we can possibly be Chase contenders.”(Motor Racing Network)

After a couple of years of bouncing around from team to team, it appears that  Ryan Truex finally may have a direction, and support, from one single race team!  Additionally, the signing of young Corey LaJoie  and Ryan Truex gives RPM the potential for a stronger presence in both the Nationwide Series, and Sprint Cup Series for the foreseeable future!


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