Richard Petty Motorsports, home to the No. 43 in NASCAR's premier series, presents the Richard Petty Motorsports Podcast for race fans to enjoy. Each episode will feature a personality from inside the racing world to explore his or her journey and give insight that only someone who has lived it can provide.
12. Martha Jane Bonkemeyer
In Episode 12, we sit down with Martha Jane Bonkemeyer: former executive assistant to Richard Petty. Martha Jane is Randleman, NC born and raised and is a lifelong close friend to the Petty family. She has an incredibly vibrant personality and is an absolute joy to spend time with. Martha Jane was originally hired at Petty Engineering in 1969 in a more secretarial role, left after a couple years, then returned to be Richard's assistant from 1986-2004. Imagine the things she has seen and been part of in that timeframe! Tune in to hear stories and insight about The King that can only be told from her perspective. We appreciate Martha Jane's time and storytelling and we hope you enjoy Episode 12 of the RPM Podcast!
11. Jerry Baxter - Greatest Job on Earth
In Episode 11, we sit down with Jerry Baxter: crew chief for Erik Jones and the No. 43 Chevrolet team in the NASCAR Cup Series. Originally from San Diego, CA, Jerry is one of many whose passion for racing brought them from the West Coast to the Carolinas. After a short driving career, Jerry realized quickly that his best bet was to shift focus and work to become the best crew chief he could be. Jerry spent a number of years atop in the box in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series working for team owners such as Michael Waltrip and Kyle Busch and collecting a total of 18 race wins. Before the start of the 2020 season, Jerry became the crew chief on the No. 43 at Richard Petty Motorsports and does an excellent job leading our race team on Sundays. We appreciate his time, insight and storytelling and we hope you enjoy episode 11 of the RPM Podcast!
10. Sean Christian - Empowerment and Leadership
In Episode 10, we sit down with Sean Christian via Zoom. Sean recently retired after a 21 year career in the U.S. Air Force and played a key role in the partnership between Richard Petty Motorsports and USAF over the last few years. His career began in the logistics sector, and as time progressed Sean found himself called into recruiting. It's clear in this interview that Sean is super passionate about the Air Force and more specifically passionate about sharing his story of why he joined the Air Force with others. Sean's energy is infectious, and his leadership and empowerment qualities are very inspiring. We thank him for his service to our country, and appreciate his time joining us for Episode 10 of the RPM Podcast!
9. Jarett Andretti - Making an Impact
In Episode 9, we sit down with Jarett Andretti via Zoom. Jarett currently races for Andretti Autosport in the LMP3 class of IMSA, many may recognize him as the son of John Andretti, driver of the No. 43 in the NASCAR Cup Series from 1998-2003. This episode is filled with stories of growing up around racing, John's passion for driving anything and everything he could, and how the Andretti family is continuing John's mission to bring awareness to the importance of colon screenings. Jarett continues the Andretti family's reputation of being world class on the track and world class people off the track, and we greatly appreciate his time spent sharing his perspective in this interview. We hope you enjoy this episode of the Richard Petty Motorsports Podcast!
8. Winston Kelley - Executive Director, NASCAR Hall of Fame
In Episode 8, we sit down Winston Kelly: Executive Director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Most will recognize Winston by his voice, as he spent 30+ years as a broadcaster for the Motor Racing Network on pit road and in Victory Lane. A native of Concord, NC, Kelley is a lifelong Richard Petty fan and was inspired to follow in his father's footsteps to work in racing radio. With his current position as Executive Director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Winston is committed to preserving the history of the sport and sharing it with fans from all over the world. We hope you enjoy this conversation!
7. Justin Fiedler - Rear Tire Changer
In Episode 7, we sit down with Justin Fiedler: rear tire changer on the No. 43 Chevy driven by Erik Jones, among other things. As someone with 15 years of experience on pit road, Justin has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to shaving as much time off a stop as humanly possible. In addition to his role on the 43 team, Justin also has a background in marketing, social media and web development. All of these talents and interests combine for one of our most insightful and technical conversations to date.
I have enjoyed the all the podcasts but the one with Jarrett is awesome. The 2 greatest families in all of motorsports.
You become part of the team!
It is fun to listen to people talk about racing and feel like they are just having a conversation that you get to listen in on.
You feel like you are learning about racing that you would never learn any other way and laughing at the same time!
Go team 43!
car go fast
great podcast but they talk a lot about racing