Erik Jones Sets Sights on Strong Open Run to Transfer to All-Star Race
May 18, 2017
Erik Jones and the No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota team look to create some fireworks of their own Saturday night during the NASCAR All-Star event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
SiriusXM will be the primary sponsor of Jones and Furniture Row Racing’s No. 77 Toyota Camry for this weekend’s NASCAR All-Star Race as part of a six-race agreement. Future races with SiriusXM as the primary sponsor will include the Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts (July 8) at Kentucky Speedway, Pennsylvania 400 (July 30) at Pocono Raceway, Federated Auto Parts 400 (September 9) at Richmond International Raceway, NASCAR Cup Series Race at Dover (October 1) and Old Dominion 500 (October 29) at Martinsville Speedway.
Jones drove the No. 77 SiriusXM Toyota Camry earlier this year at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he started 23rd and finished 14th.
“The Toyota Motorsports relationship is highly important to SiriusXM, and we are honored to be a part of the Furniture Row Racing Toyota team during the 2017 NASCAR season,” said Christopher Lam, SVP, Automotive Partnerships, SiriusXM. “Erik Jones is an exciting young driver and we are very proud to support him in the No. 77 SiriusXM Toyota Camry.”
This will be Jones’ first time competing in the Open and his first opportunity to possibly compete in the NASCAR All-Star Race. The 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate is currently 19th in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings after 11 events of the 36-race schedule.
“The Open and the All-Star race are all about creating a great event for the fans so, as a driver and a NASCAR fan, I’m really looking forward to this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” said Jones. “The new stage format provides three chances in the Open to earn our way into the All-Star race so the No. 77 SiriusXM Toyota team will definitely be doing all we can to get to the front early and stay there. You never know what’s going to happen in either race which is what makes it so much fun.”
The 50-lap, 75-mile Open will consist of three stages of 20/20/10 laps (laps 20/40/50). The winner of each stage will transfer to The NASCAR All-Star Race. The 70-lap, 105-mile All-Star Race will consist of four stages of 20/20/20/10 laps (laps 20/40/60/70). The winner of the non-points event will earn $1 million.
“I want to thank SiriusXM for stepping up to sponsor Furniture Row Racing for a total of seven events this season,” said Jones. “SiriusXM NASCAR Radio plays a major role every day in keeping NASCAR fans around the world up to speed on what’s going on. They have great on-air personalities that I enjoy calling in to talk with as well as listen in as a fan. The No. 77 SiriusXM Toyota Camry ran in the top 10 most of the day at Atlanta Motor Speedway back in March so we hope to continue that success with the SiriusXM paint scheme this week at Charlotte Motor and the rest of the season.”
Saturday’s race will air live beginning at 6 p.m. ET on FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90 and MRN. Qualifying (group, two rounds) for the Open is scheduled for Saturday at 6:45 p.m. ET. The NASCAR All-Star Race will air live beginning at 8 p.m. ET on FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90 and MRN.
Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race will air live nationwide on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90. SiriusXM, the world’s largest radio company measured by revenue with approximately 31.6 million subscribers, airs every NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™ and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ event, plus 24/7 coverage of the sport on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. For more info go to www.SiriusXM.com/NASCAR.