Richard Petty's team to continue on

Updated: August 30, 2012, 11:15 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Richard Petty Motorsports will remain a part of the Sprint Cup Series in 2013 despite a loss of manufacturer money and limited sponsorship, the co-owner told ESPN.com.

Petty said he hopes to have a new deal with Ford in the next three weeks, but acknowledged it probably won't be as good financially since much of the manufacturer's money that went to RPM is going to Penske Racing. Penske is moving from Dodge to Ford in 2013.

Petty did say that RPM currently has enough sponsorship to put two Cup cars on the track next year.

"We've always been here, so we're going to be here,'' the Hall of Fame driver said.

Petty wasn't so adamant on whether his driver lineup -- Marcos Ambrose in the No. 9 and Aric Almirola in the famed No. 43 -- would remain the same. Ambrose appears safe -- he's won this year and is safely inside the top 20 in points at 16th. Almirola signed a one-year deal and is 22nd in points.

"We'll see," Petty said on his driver lineup. "Right now, everything we've got going is in the air, just like it has been the last three or four years."

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ESPN Carolina Panthers reporter