It appears Richard Petty Motorsports will not move from Dodge to Toyota next season. At least that’s the impression that Lee White, who heads Toyota Racing Development, gave last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. White said he believes that Mike Accaviti, the president of the Dodge brand, is doing all he can to keep RPM in the fold.
He also said that would be a good thing, that the sport needs all four manufacturers to be strong. He actually seemed to wish them luck and didn’t seemed bothered that Toyota will not be welcoming in another organization. It makes sense — Toyota’s interest in RPM was tweaked when Red Bull Racing appeared set to leave the fold for General Motors and an association with Hendrick Motorsports.
Now that Red Bull is set to re-sign with Toyota, there is not the urgency to get another organization. Having said that, there are no guarantees that RPM will be back with Dodge even if Toyota is out of the picture. The organization has had talks with General Motors as well. But all signs point to Dodge fielding cars for RPM and Penske Racing moving forward.