Richard Petty Motorsports looking for a new shop for 2018

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Want to lease a shop that has been a home to NASCAR Cup teams? You can. Richard Petty Motorsports will vacate the shop it leases in Mooresville, North Carolina, after this season.

The race shop, owned by former car owner Robert Yates, is listed on Loopnet.com as available for lease. The building is listed at 78,824 square feet. The lot size is listed as 198,633 square foot.

Catchfence.com first reported that RPM won’t return to the shop after this year.

Richard Petty Motorsports has been there since the end of the 2014 season. RPM was in that building from 2007-08 before moving away and later returning. Robert Yates Racing also has been in that shop. The shop was built in 2000 and renovated in 2015.

A Richard Petty Motorsports spokesperson said the single-car team is leaving the shop because it has more room than it needs. Richard Petty Motorsports has not determined where it will be based for next season, according to a team spokesperson.

RPM also has not announced plans for next season. The team has two charters. One was leased to Go Fas Racing for this season. RPM has run just the No. 43 car with Aric Almirola this year.

Almirola and sponsor Smithfield are each in the final year of their contract with the team, but Richard Petty expressed confidence in July that the company would return as sponsor. The team also has expressed interest in a full-time ride for Darrell Wallace Jr., who drove the No. 43 car in four races while Almirola recovered from injuries suffered in a crash in May at Kansas Speedway.

If the shop RPM is in isn’t big enough for you, the shop that housed Michael Waltrip Racing remains on the market. It is listed as 145,460 square feet for two buildings in Cornelius, North Carolina. The rental rate is listed as “negotiable.” For a virtual tour of the MWR shop, go here.

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