Parrott out at RPM
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on October 22, 2013 | 10:54 A.M. EST
Todd Parrott, who joined Richard Petty Motorsports in 2012, is no longer with the team, the organization announced Tuesday. (Photo: Getty Images)
Audio: Parrott on "NASCAR Live"
Crew chief Todd Parrott said Tuesday night on Motor Racing Network’s “NASCAR Live’’ that he’s sorry for his actions, which caused him to violate NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy and lose his job at Richard Petty Motorsports.
“I was in a dark moment and it happened,’’ Parrott told host Eli Gold.
Parrott declined to reveal what banned substance he took. NASCAR indefinitely suspended him Thursday. Richard Petty Motorsports officials stated Tuesday that Parrott, who had been Aric Almirola’s crew chief, was no longer with the organization.
Richard Petty said that “there’s no room in our organization for that. It’s definitely zero tolerance. These guys are putting their life on the line. The guys on pit road, they’re putting their life on the line.’’
Almirola said he has talked to Parrott since the suspension.
“I told him that I supported him, and I just want him to get better and get back on track,’’ Almirola said Tuesday. “He’s still a good person. He’s still a good crew chief. He made a mistake and now he’s got to bounce back from it.’’
Gold asked Parrott during “NASCAR Live’’ if it was a long-time issue or something that happened that caused Parrott to be suspended.
“It’s just something that happened and my number came up,’’ Parrott said. “Not a whole lot I can say. I feel bad about it, and I’m sorry for it and I’m ready to move on.’’
Parrott said he’s scheduled to meet with a counselor Wednesday to begin NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program.
“I have the support of my family and a lot of friends in the garage to go down this path,’’ he said. “I’m sorry it came down to this, but it’s a blessing, too ,that NASCAR has a path that helps you ... to be able to get back to work.’’
Parrott had been at RPM since 2012, working with Marcos Ambrose and then Almirola. Parrott has 31 career Sprint Cup victories, including the 1996 Daytona 500 with Dale Jarrett. They teamed to win the 1999 series title.
Richard Petty Motorsports also announced Tuesday car chief Greg Ebert will be Aric Almirola’s interim crew chief the rest of the rest of the season.