Erik Jones will pilot the No. 43 Chevrolet for Richard Petty Motorsports starting with the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, the team announced Wednesday morning (Oct. 21).
The multi-year signing comes two months after Joe Gibbs Racing tagged Christopher Bell to drive the No. 20 Toyota next 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 in a team release. “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.”
The 24-year-old has two wins, 33 top five and 62 top 10s across four full-time Cup seasons. His most recent points victory came in last year’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington, while he also won this year’s Busch Clash at Daytona.
Jerry Baxter will continue in his current role as crew chief of the No. 43 with Jones in the seat. Sponsorship details are yet to be announced.
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