Erik Jones joins Richard Petty Motorsports in 2021 with multi-year deal

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By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

It’s official. Erik Jones will drive the iconic No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE in the NASCAR Cup Series for Richard Petty Motorsports beginning in 2021.

The deal announced on Wednesday morning will see 24-year old Jones with the team on a multi-year deal.

“Erik is an exceptionally talented driver, and we are excited to have him join our team,” Brian Moffitt, chief executive officer at Richard Petty Motorsports, said. “At only 24-years old, Erik is part of NASCAR’s next generation of stars. He has won races at every level in NASCAR he has competed in – including in the NASCAR Cup Series. Erik is a proven winner, and we look forward to providing him with the opportunity to add more wins to this already impressive resume.”

Jones who currently pilots the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing is in his fourth full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series. Thus far he has earned two wins, 33 top-five finishes, 62 top-10 finishes and 645 laps lead in 144 starts.

Jones first NASCAR Cup Series trip to victory lane came on July 7, 2018 at Daytona International Speedway, while his second win came at Darlington Raceway on September 1, 2019 in the historic Southern 500.

Jones who has spent the last three seasons with Joe Gibbs Racing will now begin to write his own chapter driving the ironic No. 43 that saw Richard Petty collect 200 premier series wins.

“It is an incredible honor to have Richard Petty want you to drive for his race team and with the car number he made famous,” Jones said. “Richard Petty Motorsports has a rich history in the sport, but they are not resting on that history. They still have something to prove, and I have something to prove. We are both motivated to write a new chapter. I am proud to be a part of Richard Petty Motorsports.”

Crew Chief Jerry Baxter will remain with the organization and lead Jones and the No. 43 from atop the pit box. Jones and Baxter have worked together previously as they worked together at Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series for three seasons.

Photo Credit: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP Photo

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Sarah Handy
A native of Rhode Island, and not growing up in a family that followed much racing, she watched it on occasion as a youngster, but her passion for the sport truly came to light around 2002-2003. Sarah currently attends Southern New Hampshire University and is slated to graduate in October of this year. At that time, she will have earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. In 2016, after starting her own blog not to much avail, Sarah was approached to join Rubbings Racing as a Staff Writer. She went on to spend about three years writing for the outlet and helping manage their social media accounts. Following her time with Rubbings Racing, Sarah went on to join Kickin’ the Tires in May of 2019 with this year being her second full season with the outlet. Her favorite tracks include her home track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway to name a few. In addition to her racing work with Kickin’ the Tires, Sarah is also in charge of Marketing Outreach for NASCAR Xfinity Series and Cup Series driver, Ryan Ellis. When not at the racetrack, she enjoys reading, running, soccer and hanging out with her friends. .

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