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Aric Almirola, shown at Charlotte Motor Speedway, will race without crew chief Todd Parent, who has been suspended.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR has indefinitely suspended Todd Parrott, the crew chief for Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola, for violating its substance abuse policy.
NASCAR announced its decision Thursday against Parrott, who works for Richard Petty Motorsports. The substance was not identified.
"We have an expectation of all RPM employees to conduct themselves at the highest level of professionalism and within the competitive confines as set forth by NASCAR," said Sammy Johns, RPM's vice president of operations and competition. "We are very disappointed that one of our employees did not meet our expectations and we completely support NASCAR, their policies and final decisions when it comes to the substance abuse policy."
Johns will handle crew chief duties for the No. 43 Ford this weekend at Talladega and until further notice.
Parrott was the longtime crew chief for Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett when Jarrett was at Robert Yates Racing. He guided him to two Daytona 500 victories, in 1996 and 2000, and wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1996 and 1999.
The duo also paired to win the 1999 Cup championship.
Sadler will replace Vickers rest of season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Elliott Sadler will replace Brian Vickers for the final four Sprint Cup Series races of the season at Michael Waltrip Racing.
Vickers is sidelined for the remainder of the year with a blood clot in his right leg. He cannot race because of blood thinner medication he's taking to treat the clot.
Vickers informed MWR on Monday of the clot, and team co-owner Waltrip was already scheduled to drive the No. 55 Toyota this weekend at Talladega.
Sadler was tabbed Thursday to drive at Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.
Sadler has 431 Sprint Cup starts, and counts a 2004 win at Texas among his three career Cup wins.
"Elliott has all the attributes we were looking for. He's experienced, familiar with Toyota, has a great attitude, plus he's a heck of a
driver," Waltrip said. "We'll pair him with [crew chief] Scott Miller and the No. 55 guys and I know they'll have the Aaron's Dream Machine at the front of the field. I also want to thank everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota for letting us borrow Elliott for a few races."
IndyCar racing gets boost in Milwaukee
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - IndyCar racing at the historic Milwaukee Mile track received a major boost Wednesday with a two-year commitment from a title sponsor with Wisconsin ties, as well as a date change that more closely links the race to the Wisconsin State Fair.
Andretti Sports Marketing announced ABC Supply Co. will sponsor the Milwaukee IndyFest for the next two seasons, and the race will be run on Aug. 17 next year.
ABC Supply, a roofing and building products distributor, is headquartered in Beloit, Wis., and has been involved in auto racing as a sponsor of A.J. Foyt Racing for almost a decade. The race will be the weekend after the end of the Wisconsin State Fair at State Fair Park, an event that has drawn more than 900,000 people each of the past three years.