Richard Petty Motorsports announced Tuesday Drew Blickensderfer has been assigned as the crew chief of the No. 9 Sprint Cup Series team and driver Marcos Ambrose. Blickensderfer replaces Mike Ford who has left the organization.
Mount Zion, Ill., native comes to RPM most recently from
Richard Childress Racing where he was the crew chief for Jeff Burton. Prior to
his time there, Blickensderfer spent the majority of his career with teams
associated with Ford Racing and Roush-Fenway Racing. He is a former Daytona 500
champion and has multiple Cup and Nationwide Series wins with drivers
Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth.
"Drew has a lot of
experience with Ford Racing and also how our current operation works," said team
owner Richard Petty. "His knowledge can immediately improve the performance of
the No. 9 race team. Marcos has proved to win races and compete in the top-five.
The addition of Drew will hopefully provide those results on a more consistent
Ambrose has one win,
eight top-10 and three top-five finishes this season. In addition, Ambrose has
won two poles this year.
"We have had success
this season and now we're just looking for more consistency as we prepare for
next season," said Ambrose. "Drew brings a strong resume to our team and can
help us find the results that we want each week. I'm looking forward to working