Crew chief Parrott suspended indefinitely

Updated: October 17, 2013

Daytona Beach, FL ( – NASCAR announced on Thursday that
Sprint Cup Series crew chief Todd Parrott has been indefinitely suspended for
violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.

Parrott, 49, is the crew chief for Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 43 Ford,
driven by Aric Almirola. RPM said in a release that Sammy Johns, vice
president of operations and competition, will handle crew chief duties for the
No. 43 team this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

“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,” Johns said in a team statement. “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.”

Parrott has been a long-time crew chief in NASCAR’s premier series. In 1999,
he won the Cup Series championship with driver Dale Jarrett when they were
both at Robert Yates Racing. Parrott also guided Jarrett to victories in the
Daytona 500 in 1996 and 2000.

Almirola is currently 18th in the Sprint Cup point standings. Parrott has been
his crew chief since September 2012.

“Todd Parrott is a good crew chief, a good person, and a good friend. I’ll be
a big cheerleader of his to get thru this difficult time,” Almirola posted on
his Twitter Account after learning of Parrott’s suspension.