Erik Jones is staying busy in the offseason as he prepares for 2021 with his new NASCAR Cup Series team, Richard Petty Motorsports.
Jones spent the last three seasons driving the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing and is currently getting ready to wheel the famed No. 43 Chevrolet for RPM.
"I feel like my season hasn’t really even ended yet at this point," Jones told MRN. "I don’t know how long it’s been since Phoenix. I guess maybe three weeks now, but it seems like it was yesterday. I’ve just been so busy since the end of the season.
"Once the season ended It was kind of a mad dash to meet up get to know everybody and then start to work on stuff for me, interior stuff, car stuff. Working with Jerry (Baxter), the engineers trying to figure all that stuff out. I’ve been up there a bunch of times already, but it’s been good. Just getting to know everybody and be around is something I enjoy and it’s going to be fun."
While Jones had multiple teammates at JGR, he’s looking forward to working with a single-car operation for the first time in his Cup career. He will replace Bubba Wallace, who moves to 23XI Racing.
"I’ve been in a big organization," Jones said. "So, having kind of a fresh perspective of things from a different view with it being a single car I think is going to be good for me.
"Looking at the last couple of years and what they’ve been able to build with Bubba over there with continuing to improve each year. I feel like they’ve gotten better and better watching from afar."
The main goal for Jones next year is to put RPM back in Victory Lane. RPM’s last win came in 2014 with Aric Almirola in the rain-shortened July race at Daytona.
"Obviously winning a race is the number one goal for us," Jones said. "I think that’s fully possible. I look at some of the tracks that they were really good at last year, some of the short tracks they were good at. I think road courses are an opportunity, obviously the superspeedways. So there’s definitely chances to win next year and I think those are tracks where I feel like I’ve been good at as well too.
"I hope that those two things can align for us and we’re able to go out and have success there, but definitely winning a race is the ultimate goal and then I think for me continuing to improve and continuing to build the team and head in the right direction. You never want to go backwards. So, seeing us just to continue to get better is going to be the goal as well."