Erik Jones Shares Good News Amid Sponsorship Concerns for Richard Petty Motorsports

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December 16, 2020 8:20 pm

For the 2021 Cup Series season, the Richard Petty Motorsports team has recruited Erik Jones. In essence, Jones is the successor to Bubba Wallace, who has now joined 23XI Racing.

Jones had to leave the Joe Gibbs Racing team, with Christopher Bell taking his place. Recently, Jones spoke about his recruitment and some other aspects surrounding his new team.

Apparently, there were a number of concerns surrounding the Richard Petty Motorsports team‘s sponsorships.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 08: Erik Jones, driver of the #20 DEWALT Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

About that, Jones said, “Sponsor announcements are going to come here, hopefully soon. I’ve been in the shop a lot, I was actually up there this morning doing some stuff and checking things out.”

He admitted that it is encouraging to see the alliance between RPM and Richard Childress Racing. Jones also mentioned that he had never been to the RCR stable until that day.

However, when he visited the factory, he was truly impressed with what he saw. Jones and the team are working together to cover all their bases.

What else did the new Richard Petty Motorsports driver say?

He acknowledged that there will be plenty of work once the Christmas and New Year period passes. However, he is confident that he can accomplish a lot of things and surprise everyone. Without a doubt, Jones may feel a bit of pressure, as he is stepping into the iconic #43 car.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – AUGUST 16: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Door Dash Chevrolet, leads Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Axalta Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 235 at Daytona International Speedway on August 16, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Not only is he replacing a driver of Bubba Wallace’s caliber, but he is effectively carrying Richard Petty’s legacy. This is because ‘The King’ was well-known for driving the #43 car in his heyday.

So, Erik Jones will be keen to live up to such a rich legacy. So far, the 24-year old has racked up two race wins in his Cup Series career, and he will want to add more.

Hopefully, with the RPM car under him, he can reach Victory Lane a few more times.

READ MORE – “Gonna Surprise A Lot of People” – Erik Jones Confident about Success with Richard Petty Motorsports in 2021 NASCAR Season

Dhruv George

Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino. He has been an ardent follower of motorsports sport since 2001, holding Carlos Sainz Jr. and McLaren in high regard.

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