Erik Jones said that he hasn’t been as excited to start his Cup Series career with Richard Petty Motorsports since his rookie year.
This is the first time since his debut in the Truck Series in 2016 that Jones will not be associated with Joe Gibbs Racing. The team let Jones’ contract run down in the 2020 season.
Set to begin his Cup career with RPM, Jones is excited for the fresh start that he is getting.
“I feel re-invigorated more than anything – just excited to get the year started. Not lying and being totally truthful, I probably haven’t been this excited since my rookie year – coming into the Cup Series and just having a fresh start, a new group, something to build and roll together with is fun for me,” Jones said.
“When you feel like you’re really bringing something to an organization, that’s rewarding and I’ve felt that so far in being at RPM – just feeling valued, wanted and that I can bring something to the table in myself, help improve and, as a group, grow and get better.
“I think that’s probably, more than anything, more exciting for me and what’s energized me to get the season started.”
Jones has had a successful career at a young age of 24. He holds seven Truck races wins along with a championship, nine Xfinity Series races and two Cup Series races win.
While JGR has let go of a talented driver, their loss is RPM’s gain.