Erik Jones Preps For First Daytona Road Race

Erik Jones
Joes gases it up through the esses at Sonoma

No. 20 Toyota TrueStart Camry News and Notes:

· JONES AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE: With the Cup Series making their first appearance at the Daytona Road Course, Erik Jones will make his first laps on the track Sunday afternoon when he takes the green flag for the Go Bowling 235. As teams and NASCAR continue to adapt this season to the COVID-19 pandemic, this race replaces the Watkins Glen International race weekend. With starts in the Cup Series on three different road courses (Sonoma Raceway, Watkins Glen International, Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval), Jones has 8 total starts earning two top-five and four top-10 finishes. His best finish in the Cup Series on a road course came last season at Watkins Glen International when he finished fourth in the No. 20 Camry.

· STARTING LINE UP: Debuting a new qualifying procedure this week for the Daytona Road Course, Jones and the No. 20 Toyota team will start Sunday’s Go Bowling 235 from the 20th position.

· THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: For the race this weekend on the road course at Daytona International Speedway, Toyota TrueStart will be featured on the No. 20 Toyota Camry.

· POINTS UPDATE: Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team now sit 17th on the Playoff grid following the double header weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

· MICHIGAN RECAP: For the most recent double header weekend, Jones headed to his home track, Michigan International Speedway. Poised for two strong runs, Jones scored an 11th-place finish on Saturday and looked to follow that up with a solid top 10 finish before a mechanical failure dropped the team to 27th-place finish in Sunday’s race.

· RACE INFO: The Go Bowling 235 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, August 16, 2020. Coverage of the race will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

From the Driver’s Seat: 

Erik Jones: “The Daytona road course will be interesting. Once we found out it would replace Watkins Glen, it’s been one of the races we’ve been trying to catch up on the last few weeks and get some notes for and figure out all that will happen there. I’m getting in the sim this week to try to learn a little bit about the track, some braking points and shifting points. It’s a really unique situation having never been there before and not having any practice going in to the race. It makes it kind of a challenge for the driver and the team to find the set up that will work there and also as a driver to find some marks and braking points to get around there. I know some of the guys have run some of the road course races there in the ROLEX Series, but I don’t have any of that experience on the track, so it’s going to be totally new for me. But, it’s going to be exciting at the same time, a new course and an opportunity to come out and learn it a little bit quicker than everybody else. Hopefully we can stay out of trouble, make it towards the end of the race, be up front and see how things play out for us.” 

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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