On the same day Richard Petty Motorsports signed an extension with manufacturer Ford for the 2013 season, driver Marcos Ambrose said he plans to stick around next year, too.
"We are all squared away as far as what the expectations are on both sides and it is just a matter of finishing it off at this point," Ambrose said in quotes released by Ford. "I can't see any reason why I wouldn't want to be a part of Richard Petty Motorsports in 2013."
Ambrose said he wants to sign a contract extension "as quickly as we can," but indicated RPM had to "get their own house in order" by re-signing with Ford first.
RPM said it will field two Cup cars next year – the No. 9, with sponsorship from Stanley and DeWalt, and the No. 43, with sponsorship from Smithfield Foods. However, the team did not say which drivers would be in those cars (Ambrose currently drives the 9 and Aric Almirola is in the 43).
The team will continue to field a Nationwide Series entry for Michael Annett, who brings sponsorship from Pilot/Flying J.