Small GMS Motorsports is a rather redundant name because GMS stands for Gallagher Motor Sports, but that is the identity of the NASCAR Cup Series‘the most recent team. Tuesday, Richard Petty Motorsports and GMS races ended their marriage by announcing the team name. Erik Jones will remain in the Cherolet Camaro ZL1 # 43 which comes from the RPM side, while Ty dillon will drive # 42.
GMS, a Camping World Truck Series team, bought a controlling stake in RPM last Wednesday from Andrew Murstein’s Medallion Financial while Richard Petit retains its share in the operation. Property of Maurice Gallagher Jr., GMS has announced plans to run the full Cup schedule in June, but with the # 94 ahead of Tuesday’s announcement. Dillon joined the team in October.
“I am very excited about this opportunity to work with Richard, arguably the greatest driver in NASCAR history, and to form Petty GMS Motorsports”, said Gallagher. âPetty GMS will have the sole objective of winning. Both teams have a winning history and we have a strong desire to continue that legacy in a new chapter. Ty and Erik have proven themselves over the years and we look forward to the success they will experience as teammates.
# 42 was previously used by Petty’s father Lee from 1949 to 1961, followed by his son Kyle from 1979 to 1982 and from 1989 to 1986. Chairman of GMS Mike beam was also Kyle Petty’s team manager in 1981 and 1982. The move to number 42 also allows the number to remain in the Cup Series after being primarily owned by Chip Ganassi Racing, which has since been sold to Trackhouse Racing Team.
âI’m not sure if I can express how special it is for me personally to have number # 42 running alongside # 43 again. “ Petty commented. âI grew up watching my dad drive this car, I worked on cars with that number long before I started racing. Dad was very successful winning races and championships with that number. Kyle drove. cars and also won races with the No. 42. It’s really special to me that Petty GMS is racing with that car number.
Despite the RPM rebranding, GMS Racing will keep this name for the truck and ARCA Menards Series programs because Petty does not participate. After fielding five trucks in 2021, the team will have two for 2022 with Grant enfinger‘s # 23 and Jack Wood‘s # 24.