RPM inks Allmendinger to multi-year contract

Richard Petty Motorsports has signed AJ Allmendinger to a

multi-year contract extension.

Allmendinger says he talked to several teams before deciding to

stay put because he likes the potential he sees in his No. 43 team

and doesn’t want to start over with another team.

The 28-year-old Allmendinger, who joined RPM late in the 2008

season and is in his fourth full season at the Cup level, also says

he likes the relationship the team has developed with Ford.

Marcos Ambrose has been rumored to be headed to RPM. Petty just

smiled Friday during the press conference at Watkins Glen

International and said future announcements would be coming.