Richard Petty Motorsports splits with crew chief Todd Parrott
|By Mark Glendenning||Tuesday, October 22nd 2013, 16:10 GMT|
Todd Parrott has split from Richard Petty Motorsports following his suspension for violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy.
Greg Ebert has been named as his interim replacement as Aric Almirola's crew chief for the remaining four Sprint Cup races of the season.
NASCAR announced last week that Parrott had been suspended indefinitely after the breach was detected, and RPM announced in a statement on Tuesday that the 19-year veteran is no longer employed by the team.
Ebert had been Almirola's crew chief for two seasons before Parrott moved across from the sister car of Marcos Ambrose in mid-2012, and RPM vice president of operations and competition Sammy Johns said that he was confident that the transition would be straightforward.
"We are confident in Greg's leadership abilities and we will give him the resources he needs to be successful," he said.
"He is very familiar with our race programme and gives us a seamless transition. More importantly, he gives Aric the best opportunity to finish the season strong."