RPM Racing has announced through SCORE International, the team will not race in 2020. Team co-owner and principal driver Justin Matney is not only recovering from a recent heart surgery, but it was also discovered he had Valley Fever.
SCORE says while the clinic was preparing Matney for mitral heart valve surgery, a mass was discovered in his lung and quickly diagnosed as Valley Fever. A possible cause of Valley Fever can be attributed to the prolonged exposure to the dust found in the desert while Matney was racing. Doctors say Matney will take six months to make a full successful recovery.
“We anticipate a return to a full schedule of SCORE desert racing in 2021 and look forward to racing for championships in several different classes next year. The thoughts and prayers of the desert racing community are greatly appreciated. RPM is targeting a return to the SCORE World Desert Championship for this year’s wild and wonderful SCORE Baja 1000 peninsula run,” says Matney.
Matney has 6 SCORE season championships under his belt. Under the ownership of Clyde Stacey, the team as a whole has won nearly 30 class season points championships. Drivers impacted by RPM’s decision not to race include Carlos “Apdaly” Lopez, Sara Price and Derek Fletcher. RPM has typically fielded multiple cars during racing events.