NASCAR’s seventy fifth anniversary season will go on with out a acquainted identify.
Following a re-branding of Petty GMS Racing unveiled on Wednesday, the 2023 season would be the first in NASCAR historical past with out a Petty family-branded race workforce. Going ahead, Petty GMS racing can be known as Legacy Motor Membership.
The Petty empire in NASCAR started within the racing group’s first yr, as Lee Petty (Richard’s father) began 5 races. Lee Petty went on to win 54 races and three championships in a race profession that that ran although 1964.
Richard Petty, who retired as a driver after the 1992 season, topped his dad together with his 200 victories and 7 championships. Since retiring as a driver in 1992, Petty has operated a race workforce bearing the household identify.
Satirically, the Petty identify is being dropped from the workforce in the identical yr that the collection’ different seven-time champion—Jimmie Johnson—has come on board as a part of the workforce’s possession group.
The lineage of the brand new Legacy Motor Membership contains:
• Petty Enterprises from 1992-2009
• Gillett Evernham Motorsports merged with Petty Enterprises in 2009 and have become often called Richard Petty Motorsports.
• In 2021, the workforce merged with Maury Gallagher-owned GMS Racing and have become Petty GMS Racing.
Richard Petty, 85, tweeted the information of the change on Wednesday.
“Once I see the No. 42 & 43 automobiles, regardless of who the motive force was, is presently, or could possibly be sooner or later, I need our followers to recollect the Petty historical past that comes with them, and that historical past will proceed to be made with LEGACY M.C.,” Petty tweeted.
Johnson, who will driver a partial schedule in 2023 within the No. 84 automobile alongside teammates Erik Jones and Noah Gragson, stated the brand new identify is a salute to racing’s previous and future.
“After contemplating our workforce’s new identify, Maury and I noticed a possibility to do one thing particular and completely different,” Johnson stated in a press launch “We felt it was essential to have a reputation that honors the previous and acknowledges the longer term. The time period “motor membership” is a nod to automobile golf equipment of the previous. Legacy MC can be an inclusive membership for the automobile racing lovers. I’m delighted to be a part of a historical past so wealthy in custom and look ahead to creating a brand new legacy on this sport outdoors of racing.”
The 47-year-old Johnson, who raced within the NTT IndyCar Collection the previous two season, plans to race within the 2023 Daytona 500 in February.