NASCAR: Richard Petty Motorsports committed to two-car program in 2015

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Over the past five days, Richard Petty Motorsports has had Marcos Ambrose announce he’s going back home to Australia to race V8 Supercars.

Additionally, they’ve also had team sponsors Stanley and Dewalt Tools announce they’re heading for Joe Gibbs Racing.

But the two-car Sprint Cup team insists that it will remain that way for the 2015 season.

“Today, the organization with a championship history, winning present and proven marketing programs, announced it will use the same aggressive business and growth model to support the No. 9 Ford team in 2015 and beyond in a series of announcements,” an RPM release from this afternoon said.

“RPM will continue to be a two-car NASCAR Sprint Cup organization and will compete weekly with the No. 9 and No. 43 teams.”

The team also confirmed that it will retain Ford as its manufacturer and continue its respective chassis/engine supply pacts with Roush Fenway Racing and Roush Yates Engines. Earlier this season, RPM had been the subject of reports that it was looking at leaving Ford for Toyota.

The Boston Beer Company’s Twisted Tea brand of “hard” iced tea will also stay with the No. 9 team that Ambrose is leaving behind. Smithfield Foods has already announced a multi-year extension and investment increase in the No. 43 team.

RPM president and CEO Brian Moffitt had this to say in the team release.

“First, we want to wish Stanley Black and Decker the best. Their commitment and support has been a critical component to the success of RPM. As with all good partnerships, we are proud that the STANLEY and RPM partnership has benefited both companies. We are grateful for their support and they will always be a part of our family.

“Today, we are excited to build new partnerships on the No. 9 team. We have a vision that our ownership group and sponsors support and believe in. We have built upon that vision in two short years to become championship eligible. It’s that belief that will help us support the No. 9 team. One partner that has supported us is Ford Racing, who will again be our manufacturer partner as we continue our relationship that has helped us become a ‘Chase’ organization.”

Ford Racing’s Jamie Allison added in the release that he expects the team’s “strength throughout this season” will “only continue next season and beyond.”

This year, Aric Almirola brought the No. 43 team its first Sprint Cup win since 1999, which was enough to put him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold