ITS OFFICIAL: THE PETTYS ANNOUNCE MOVE November 7, 2007Posted by claireblang in Breaking News, Teams.
In a news conference at 11:00 a.m. EST this morning the word became official that Petty Enterprises is moving it’s operation to Charlotte. Although expected (it’s hard to keep secrets in the NASCAR community) it signals the end of an era and a major move for the Petty’s
Richard Petty announced in a teleconference a few minutes ago that in effort to garner continued wins and championships, he and Kyle have agreed to move Petty Enterprises closer to the center of NASCAR activities in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area.
They have reached a multi-year lease agreement for shop space located in the city of Mooresville. The space was formerly occupied by Robert Yates Racing and its two-car Nextel Cup operation.
“Level Cross will always be the home of the wins and championships that the Petty family built,” said team owner Richard Petty. “It is where Petty Enterprises was founded and where the team has won and built a legacy in NASCAR. Petty Enterprises and Level Cross are the same as Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packers, Yankee Stadium and the New York Yankees and Boston Garden and the Boston Celtics. ”
“At the same time this is a very exciting time for Petty Enterprises and our partners,” continued Petty. “We are going to continue the heart and soul that is in Level Cross to what now has become the center of the NASCAR world. This was a tough and emotional decision for our family. We care deeply about our roots and this community. We will always call Level Cross our home as we never forget where we came from. We are looking forward to continuing our legacy at this new location.”
The move, to begin in December and completed by end of the year, includes the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge driven by Bobby Labonte and the #45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil/Wells Fargo/Tire Kingdom Dodge driven by Kyle Petty. It’s another move in the forward direction since 2006 when Robbie Loomis was named Vice President of Race Operations and 2000 Nextel Cup champion Bobby Labonte was announced as driver of the famed 43 Dodge. It has not yet been determined how the current location of Petty Enterprises will be used in 2008.