Richard Petty let go of his crew chief Todd Parrott Monday after he failed a drug test in violation of NASCAR’s substance abuse policy, reports USA TODAY Sports.
Parrott led Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 43 car and driver Aric Almirola for the last year will be replaced by car chief Greg Ebert for this weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway.
“(The dismissal) was just automatic,” Petty told reporters during an appearance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “When he done what he did, he did his own thing. All we’ve done is said, ‘This is the way it’s got to be.'”
Petty was shocked by the news, and said he has a zero tolerance for drug use when people lives are on the line.
“One hundred percent ain’t good enough, so if anyone breaks the rule, there ain’t no room in our organization for that,” Petty said.
“It’s going to be tough, but things change all the time and you have to be willing to adapt and carry on,” Almirola said about losing his crew chief. “That’s what we’re going to do. … Our race team is not defined by one person.”