NASCAR announced Thursday that championship-winning crew chief Todd Parrott has been suspended after violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.
Parrott currently serves as crew chief for the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team for driver Aric Almirola. He is allowed to return to competition upon successful completion of NASCAR’s Road to Recovery treatment program.
“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, RPM vice president Sammy Johns said in a release. “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.”
Parrot also worked with championship drivers Bobby Labonte and Matt Kenseth and had two career wins at the Daytona 500.
RPM hasn’t fared too well this season. The two-car team features drivers Almirola and Marcos Ambrose. Between the two, they have combined for one victory and four top-five finishes this season. That’s a far cry from RPM founder “King” Richard Petty’s 200 career NASCAR victories.
NASCAR did not release the nature of the violation, but given RPM’s track record this season it’s a good bet Parrot wasn’t busted for performance enhancing drugs.