Darrell Wallace Jr. will have primary sponsorship from World Wide Technology in six upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
Richard Petty Motorsports announced the deal Tuesday morning at the NASCAR Hall of Fame while showing off the livery on the No. 43 Chevrolet. Kansas Speedway on May 12 will be the debut weekend of the partnership.
Sonoma, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Charlotte, and Dover will be the other races, and WWT will serve as an associate sponsor in all other events. WWT ss a technology solution provider based in St. Louis.
“Technology is always changing in our sport,” said Brian Moffitt, chief executive officer of RPM. “The amount of data available and collected by teams during test sessions and race weekends is staggering and could be overwhelming. Our partnership with World Wide Technology will help ensure our team maximizes the knowledge available in this collection of data so we stay ahead of what’s happening in our sport.
“We look forward to showcasing the capabilities of World Wide Technology and the direct impact they will have on the performance of our race team.”
Part of the partnership will include the engineers from World Wide Technology working with Petty team engineers to improve the performance of Wallace’s Chevy. Meetings have already taken place at the Petty shop and Moffitt says WWT has begun to get an idea of what the team needs.
“It’s aero; it’s chassis, it’s pretty much everything that has to do with the car to find the speed. They do that,” Moffitt explained. “Analytics about the weather and the temperature and how that might interact with the engine. Elevation, depending on where we’re at and racing. Different things [they can do for us].”
Moffitt says RPM still has six to eight races that need to be filled out with sponsorship. Petty’s Garage and Medallion Bank, which were featured on the car last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, could return for more races but Moffitt hopes additional partnerships will be announced in the future.
“This is big,” said Wallace. “A company as big as Word Wide Technology to step into our sport, introduce a new sponsor that could potentially grow into something much bigger is super exciting for us.
“A pivotal weekend for us – all the weekends have been pretty important, we’re trying to impress anybody and everybody under the sun – but we had these guys out at Texas and that race ended up being really good for us. Showing a really great run there, and I think we really impressed them. Super excited about our partnership.”
Wallace finished eight at Texas, his second top-10 finish of the season.
The rookie has had an up and down season through 10 races, sitting 22nd in points. But all involved understand it has been a learning year for both Wallace and RPM. The organization made the jump to Chevrolet during the off-season and aligned with Richard Childress Racing.
Since his career-best effort in the Daytona 500, Wallace has led laps at both Bristol and Talladega.
“I think we’re still learning him and he’s a rookie, so he’s still learning also,” Richard Petty of the season. “If we don’t make a mistake and he don’t make a mistake, we finish pretty good and we’ve done that three or four times so far. But if you look back at some of the races, he’s either made a mistake or we’ve made a mistake and took him out of the race. Those are the things we’ve got to overcome.”