DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced Thursday the indefinite suspension of Todd Parrott, crew chief of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford driven by Aric Almirola in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
On Oct. 17, Parrott was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book.
Parrott has worked for a number of top organizations throughout NASCAR during the last 15 years, including leading Dale Jarrett to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 1999 while at Robert Yates Racing.
In addition to Robert Yates Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports, Parrott has also worked for Roush Fenway Racing, Hall of Fame Racing and Petty Enterprises (now known as Richard Petty Motorsports). He has earned 30 Sprint Cup victories as a crew chief.
Sammy Johns, vice president of operations and competition, will handle crew chief duties on the No. 43 Ford this weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. He will also handle these duties on an interim basis until further notice.
“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 Johns. “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.”