Veteran crew chief Mike Ford has replaced Greg Erwin on the No. 43 team and driver Aric Almirola. Ford was replaced at Joe Gibbs Racing as crew chief for Denny Hamlin last season. Erwin was crew chief for Greg Biffle at Roush-Fenway Racing until joining RPM in the middle of last season as crew chief for AJ Allmendinger.
Ford led the No. 11 team to 17 wins, 66 top-five finishes and 108 top-10 finishes and never missed a Chase appearance. Ford previously held crew chief roles for Dale Jarrett at Robert Yates Racing and Bill Elliott at Evernham Motorsports.
“Mike Ford is an elite crew chief who knows what it takes to be a winner at this level,” said team owner Richard Petty. “We’re fortunate that he was available and that we could reach a deal to bring him over to our place. We’ve taken a lot of big steps at Richard Petty Motorsports in the past year and I think this might be that one piece of the puzzle we were missing.” MORE>>>