Richard Petty Motorsports drivers Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola will share the front row for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday.
It's the first time that RPM cars will roll off first and second in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race since Kasey Kahne and Paul Menard accomplished the feat at Kansas Speedway in 2010. But a lot has happened since then to the iconic brand that shares the name of NASCAR's first seven-time champion and only 200-race winner, Richard Petty.
The organization was sold at the end of 2010 and new investors were brought in. The race teams were streamlined from four to two squads for 2011 as the company strived to gain footing for its next chapter.
Gone from the RPM landscape were George Gillett and his sons, who offered more drama than direction after purchasing the company from Ray Evernham. Now investors Andy Murstein and Doug Bergeron have made their inaugural launch into NASCAR with the team.
AJ Allmendinger was retained from the first driver roster and joined by Ambro...