Driving the No.43 car for Richard Petty Motorsports next year, Erik Jones will certainly have some expectations to fulfill. Having spent a few years with Joe Gibbs Racing, he comes with talent and experience and definitely what it takes to be a Cup Series driver.
He replaces Bubba Wallace, who now of course moves to the newly founded 23XI Racing. Jones will soon get started with his new team and try to show the bosses they were right to put their faith in him.
Jones is quoted as saying, “I think the goal is just to continue to build and take what they’ve been able to work and improve on the last few years and just get better and better. And I think that their alliance with RCR has been really strong in the last few years and that’s helped them as well.”
“I am excited to get over there and just kinda do something totally different, you know. Single-car team that’s working to get back to Victory Lane. That’s the ultimate goal obviously.”
The 24-year-old had a decent 2020 Cup Series season from a personal standpoint. However, he is keen to put up a better show next season and feels the opportunity to work at a different track is ‘exciting.’
The former Joe Gibbs driver continued and said, “I think there’s different tracks we can go accomplish that at, superspeedways, short tracks, road courses. So it’s going to be fun to go over there and work at that. For me, that’s an exciting opportunity.”
“And I think Jerry [Baxter] and I are on the same page that we’re both really looking forward to next year. And what we’re going to be able to go out and accomplish. With that car, I think it is gonna surprise a lot of people,” concluded Jones.
The Michigan native has one title win to his name, emerging victorious in the 2015 Truck Racing Series season. Since then he has a few good results to his name, but is yet to live up to his potential in the top league.
Jones will, hence, hope that the relationship with Richard Petty Motorsports can get off to the right start, and along the way, stack up some solid finishes and possibly race wins, to provide some cheer to the team and its fans.