On Wednesday it was announced by the team that Erik Jones would assume the seat of the No. 43 Chevrolet of Richard Petty Motorsports for the 2021 season.
Jones, 24, currently is the driver of the No. 20 Toyota at Joe Gibbs Racing but will be replaced at the wheel of that car by Christopher Bell at seasons end.
The RPM seat became available with Bubba Wallace’s move to the newly formed team owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin.
“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 spent four full-time seasons in the Cup Series, scoring two wins and 33 top-five finishes.
Jerry Baxter will remain as the crew chief of the car. Baxter and Jones previously worked together in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series while both were with Kyle Busch Motorsports.