One day after it was revealed that Richard Petty Motorsports will have to find a new base for its racing operations, the legendary Hall of Famer’s teams are going home in a sense.
No, RPM is not moving back to the company’s original homestead in Randleman, North Carolina, where it was based for more than its first 50 years of operation.
Rather, RPM will be returning to its first home after leaving Randleman, the former home of Robert Yates Racing in Mooresville, N.C., team officials announced Sunday.
RPM was based there for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The address is 112 Byers Creek Road, located in the Talbert Pointe business park in Mooresville.
“We’re moving back to a place that we have been before and really liked,” said Richard Petty, Co-Owner, Richard Petty Motorsports. “It’s familiar to us and we know it gives our employees the tools they need to prepare our cars to win. This is just another improvement that we’re making to move the race team ahead.”
The return to the old RYR locale, which is significantly larger than its current base near Concord (N.C.) Regional Airport, will allow for greater room for operations for its two Sprint Cup teams and one Nationwide Series team.
“We needed a new location that allowed for more space to increase our performance,” RPM CEO Brian Moffitt said in a media release. “We continue to invest into the race operations to better ourselves on the track.
“It all starts in the race shop and having the best resources and assets. That’s what this move will allow us to do.”
The new/old location is in a great neighborhood, with several other race shops in the same business park, including JR Motorsports.
The move is somewhat curious.
While the extra space will allow for the ability to hang bodies on chassis and engineering and simulation, it’s also about 25 miles away from Roush Fenway Racing, which RPM has had a working relationship with for the past five seasons.
RPM’s current shop is literally a short burnout away from RFR.
At the same time, rumors of a potential and eventual switch to a relationship with Penske Racing will likely ratchet up now, given that team Penske’s headquarters is only about two miles away from RPM’s new home.
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