Statement from Jim France on the Passing of Maurice Petty

CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 22: (L-R) Richard Petty of Richard Petty Motorsports and Maurice Petty of Richard Petty Motorsports announce a new paint scheme for the race this upcoming weekend at Martinsville Speedway at NASCAR Hall of Fame on October 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/NASCAR via Getty Images)

“The ‘Chief’ was one of the most talented mechanics in NASCAR history. He provided the power that helped Petty Enterprises define dominance in sports. While he was known for his work under the hood, Maurice played multiple “behind-the-scenes” roles, doing whatever it took to help deliver his cars to Victory Lane. On behalf of the France family, I offer my condolences to the friends and family of Maurice Petty, a true NASCAR giant.”

  • Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO
1974: As chief engine builder and mechanic for his brother Richard, Maurice Petty and the Petty Enterprises team won 10 races (including the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway) and their fifth NASCAR Cup championship. (Photo By ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
1980: Richard Petty crew chief and cousin, Dale Inman (L), talks with Maurice Petty, Richard’s engine builder and brother. (Photo by ISC Archives/CQ-Roll Call Group via Getty Images)
1964: Maurice Petty loops the air hose around his brother Richard’s racecar during a pit stop. (Photo by ISC Archives/CQ-Roll Call Group via Getty Images)

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