Who Will Fill The RPM #9 Driver Seat?

Marcos Ambrose

(WOMR file photo)

Now that Marcos Ambrose has made his NASCAR exit plan known, he will be returning to Australia driving a V-8 Supercar for the newly merged Team Penske/Dick Johnson Racing venture.

“There has been a lot of conjecture through the years, but I just want to get my kids home to enjoy the Australian lifestyle as well so they can make a good choice when they grow up,” Ambrose said. “This is really a racing choice for me and I feel like the time is right for me to stop in the US and personally I think it is a great time to move back home to Australia with my family.”

After eight seasons dabbling in NASCAR, seven at the Sprint Cup level, Ambrose has posted two Cup wins and five in the Nationwide Series. Ambrose, who is currently 23rd in the point standings characterized his career in the States as “fantastic”.

What is next for the RPM#9 team?

With Ambrose’s departure, David Ragan has emerged as one of the top candidates for the #9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford. While the driver of the #34 Front Row Motorsports Ford is content where he is, at his age, 28 years old, he would entertain offers to improve his position.

Ragan is already established as a Ford racer, and a Ford car dealer as well. He also has a past history with the current crew chief of the RPM #9 Ford, Drew Blickensderfer, from his time with Roush Fenway Racing, where Ragan won his first Cup race and two poles in his final season with the team.

In addition to selecting a new driver to fill the driver’s seat of the RPM #9 Ford, sponsorship also remains a question for the #9 Ford for next season. Stanley/DeWalt is expected to join Joe Gibbs Racing next year with a split plan of support between Carl Edwards on the #19 (Stanley) and Matt Kenseth (DeWalt) on the Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Toyota.

I am sure that we will hear more rumors in the near future regarding this seat.  Silly Season is continues!


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