Jones anticipating ‘loopy yr forward’ in NASCAR driver market
Erik Jones says he’s anticipating a “loopy yr forward” with the variety of NASCAR Cup Sequence drivers who’ve contracts set to run out, however he has no plans to be part of that dialogue.
“I’ve had an amazing relationship with (Joe Gibbs Racing) for now the final three years, 4 if you wish to rely my yr at Furnishings Row,” Jones (pictured above) stated Wednesday throughout Daytona 500 Media Day. “So, I’ve had a good time with them and an amazing relationship. We’ve been in a position to win the final couple of seasons. I’ve no intention of leaving my position there. I’d like to proceed that.
“There’s a number of issues in movement, I assume, already in all probability for folks, probably not for me. However I’m excited to see.”
Different big-name drivers who might be available on the market are Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Clint Bowyer and Alex Bowman.
Jones has pushed the No. 20 Toyota for 2 seasons now however has been within the Gibbs camp for much longer. In September, Jones signed a one-year extension with the group, which suggests he might be again in the midst of ‘Foolish Season’ hypothesis because the season goes on.
“The stress is on myself from inside,” Jones stated. “There’s no stress from the skin, for my part. It’s stress from me making an attempt to carry out. I wish to run properly. I wish to win races. I feel if you are able to do that, the remainder of the issues are going to come back with it, and what you wish to do. You’ll have as many selections as you need. Hopefully, that’s the case.”
However the 23-year-old then reiterated confidence in partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing for the long run: “I don’t see it ending. I feel we’ve received a very good factor going, and so long as we are able to exit and win races, I feel that can preserve trending the way in which it has been.”
Jones has tasted success with JGR, however not with the identical degree of consistency as his star teammates. Picture by Russell LaBounty/LAT
One thing that Jones does hope modifications is the consistency of his success. In three full seasons on the NASCAR Cup Sequence degree, he has gained two races, one every of the final two years. In the meantime, teammates Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. have been trophy hoarders, which Jones is aware of he wants to begin changing into.
“I feel we’ve been in place to win a number of races the previous couple of years and haven’t essentially capitalized on them each time,” he stated. “We’ve been in a position to win the final couple, which has nice, however we wish to win extra. We would like to have the ability to exit and win three or 4 races a yr. That’s our objective. That’s what our teammates do, and that’s what we wish to do.
“I do know we are able to enhance. I do know there’s a number of issues we are able to get higher. Chris (Gayle, crew chief) and I’ve regarded that over of what we are able to do higher from our ends. I feel we’re going to work on it, do the perfect we are able to. Hopefully, we are able to exit and win just a few this yr.”