by Charlie Turner
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In a tweet during On Pit Row this week, I asked…
“If George Gillett brings Saudi money into NASCAR and it rescues Richard Petty Motorsports, will NASCAR fans still love the King?”
The “King” being our king. Richard Petty, of course.
The rumors were flying on Tuesday about Saudis in the garage. Today, Scene Daily has this…
George Gillett, whose family is the majority owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, has entered into a “commercial collaboration” agreement with F6, a leading Saudi Arabia-based sports management firm founded and led by Saudi Arabian Prince Faisal bin Fahad bin Abdullah Al Saud.
Gillett’s earlier purchase of the bulk of Petty Enterprises from the Petty family made many Petty fans leery. The more recent announcement that there exists a letter of intent to merge RPM with Yates Racing has longtime Petty followers trying to justify a switch to Ford.
Most subjects of the Kingdom whom I’ve spoken with are OK with the switch. As long as it saves the 43 and keeps Richard involved. At least they aren’t going to race Toyotas, you know?
But what about the Saudis? How will that wash with the Level Cross crowd?
I don’t know.
But I have a favorite saying about money…
“It’s not the money. It the amount”
And the Kingdom of Saud has whatever it would take for the kingdom of Richard to compete.
How would you feel about this Petty fans?