Brian Scott will finally get his shot at a full-time Sprint Cup ride with a team looking for a young star. Richard Petty Motorsports will replace Sam Hornish Jr. with Scott in the No. 9 Ford in 2016, per Jim Utter of Motorsport.com.
Bob Pockrass of ESPN also notes the move is expected to become official on Friday during a press conference.
Richard Petty Motorsports has set a news conference for Friday to announce Hornish replacement. Sources say it will be Brian Scott. #NASCAR
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) December 9, 2015
The addition of Scott is a solid one for Petty, who has cycled through two drivers in the last two seasons for the No. 9 car. While Scott doesn’t have a wealth of experience at the Sprint Cup level, the former Richard Childress Racing driver did compile three top-15 finishes during 10 starts in 2015.
RPM’s hope, of course, is that Scott will find more success as a full-time driver with a consistent ride on a weekly basis. At just 28 years old in January, Scott has several more years to develop into a competitive driver under the Petty umbrella after 18 top-10 results at the Xfinity level last year.
Adam Stern of SportsBusiness Daily reports the title sponsor will also change.
— Adam Stern (@A_S12) December 9, 2015
Scott beat out a list of other successful drivers, including names like Regan Smith and David Ragan that were rumored to be candidates. Both drivers have wins at the Sprint Cup level, but haven’t been able to seal full-time rides for next season.
The future for Scott looks bright in a stable that includes Aric Almirola. With the No. 43 team narrowly missing out on a Chase berth in 2015, RPM has set itself up nicely to compete for the playoffs for years to come.