Erik Jones Makes His Cup Debut At Pocono This Weekend

Erik Jones
No. 77 GameStop Cars 3: Driven to Win Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT POCONO RACEWAY: Erik Jones will make his first-career NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend at Pocono Raceway in the Pocono 400 on Sunday, June 11. While this will mark Jones first-career Cup Series start at “The Tricky Triangle,” he has competed at the track in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS), NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA). His most recent start at the track came last season in the XFIINITY Series where he started from the pole and finished second. Jones also has a second-place finish in ARCA competition. His worst finish at the track among his five starts in the three series is 12th, earned in an ARCA race in 2014.
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o   Stunt Showcase: Catch air and perform as many stunts and tricks to get the highest score.

o   Takedown: Collect and use a variety of power-ups to eliminate as many crash karts as possible to get the highest score.

o   Best Lap Challenge: Beat your prime time score to set an all-time new record.

o   Race: Hop into the tracks against Lightning McQueen and the gang to rev up for the ultimate challenge.

o   Battle Race: Put your training to the test and race against your family and friends to become the ultimate champion.

o   Playground: Practice stunts, engage in challenges or simply cruise at your own pace for endless fun.

On the road to becoming a Hall of Fame Driver, training and skill will give you an edge in a race that anyone can win.

  • ROOKIE UPDATE: After 13 races of the 2017 Cup Series season, Jones sits second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, 17 points behind Toyota Racing teammate Daniel Suarez.
  • RACE INFO: The Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on Fox Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Pocono Raceway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Jones 2017 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
13 0 0 2 0 2 17.7 19.5

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
16 0 0 2 0 3 15.9 20.3

 

From the Cockpit:

Erik Jones: Discuss the opportunity this weekend to be a pit road reporter for the XFINITY Series race at Pocono Raceway and how you are preparing for the role ahead of Saturday’s race. “It should be fun and I’m doing my best to prepare for it. It’s going to be a new experience and will definitely give me a different perspective of what pit reporters do. Matt (Yocum) and I sat down a couple weeks ago and talked about what he does to get ready for a normal weekend. I was pretty amazed by all the tools they have at their disposal to try to make their lives a little easier. Hopefully, I’ll be able to use some of those tools to my advantage as well. Getting to be a pit reporter for a day obviously won’t help me in the car, but seeing it will give me a bit of their perspective so I can make their day easier when it’s time to interview me. I’ll know what they want and need out of me as a driver on any given weekend.”

 

Discuss the success you have had a Pocono Raceway in other series as you prepare to make your first Cup Series start at “The Tricky Triangle” this weekend. “We finished second there in ARCA and second again last year in the (NASCAR) XFINITY Series, so I guess the secret is to figure out what it takes to win at Pocono. I’ve been fortunate in that the big speeds we run there felt natural from the beginning so I’ve always been comfortable racing there. The long straightaways and the way you have to make speed on those types of tracks just came natural to me.

 

No. 77 GameStop Cars 3: Driven to Win Toyota Camry / Furniture Row Racing Team:

Driver – Erik Jones                                        Crew Chief – Chris Gayle                                        Car Chief – Todd Brewer

Engineer – James Small                               Engineer – Chris Yerges                               Engine Tuner – David McClure

Mechanic – John Furino                              Mechanic – Cesar Villanueva                     Mechanic – Henry Katzke

Tire Specialist – Scott Simmons                Shocks – Alex Michie                                   Spotter – Rick Carelli

Gasman – Matt Tyrell                                  Jackman – David O’Dell                                 Front Tire Changer – David Mayo

Front Tire Carrier – Richard Coleman      Rear Tire Changer – Brain Eastland     Rear Tire Carrier – Blake Haugland

Transportation – Mike Clementson               Transportation – Jason Taggart                Transportation – Dave Shano

Transportation – Travis Watts

 

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