Richard Petty Motorsports hires Erik Jones as 2021 driver

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Richard Petty Motorsports has replaced Bubba Wallace. The team has signed free agent NASCAR Cup Series driver Erik Jones for the 2021 season. 

Wallace — who had been in the ride since the 2017 season — will depart the team at the end of the season. He will be joining a team that will be led by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan. 

Reser’s Fine Foods NASCAR Cup Series driver Erik Jones during a pit stop during the Hollywood Casino 400
Erik Jones during a pit stop during the Hollywood Casino 400 (Photo by Erik Jones/Instagram)

“Erik is an exceptionally talented driver, and we are excited to have him join our team,” Richard Petty Motorsports CEO Brian Moffitt 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 has entered into a multi-year agreement with RPM. He comes to RPM after competing for Job Gribbs Racing since the 2018 season. 

“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.”

Jones has appeared in 144 NASCAR Cup Series rides since 2015. The 24-year-old has two Cup Series wins — one in 2018 and another in 2019. 

He has had two poles and 33 Top 5 finishes. In addition, Jones has had 62 Top 10 finishes. 

The Michigan native has performed better than Wallace. Since the 2017 season, Jones has had two wins, 33 Top 5, 62 Top 10’s, and two poles, according to Racing Reference

Wallace has had just three Top 5’s and nine Top 10’s since his debut in 2017 over 109 NASCAR Cup Series races, according to Racing Reference.  

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