GRAINGER, IOWA (THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2004) - - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Eric Jones announced today that he has departed Team EJP Racing to pursue other opportunities. Jones, a promising driver on the tour left the team today on a positive note and hopes that Team EJP Racing can continue their success in the future.
Eric's decision was brought about when he was notified two days before the NCTS Daytona test session last week that Geoffrey Bodine had brought sponsorship and would compete at Daytona.
"Naturally, it was a disappointment for me, but Steve Prescott did what he felt he had to do to keep his team running," stated Eric.
"I couldn't bring any funding to the team, so he had to make the driver change for Daytona," Jones continued. We had discussions about running some other races, but ultimately, I think that leaving the team was the best decision for me. I wish Steve Prescott and Team EJP Racing the best of luck and appreciate the opportunity that they gave me this past season."
Jones will keep his head high and remain optimistic despite the unknown certainty of the future. "I am going to head back home, and begin looking at all options for the season," mentioned the former ARCA RE/MAX Series driver. "I'm already talking to some people and I'm confident it won't be long before I'm seen back in the garage and racing."
Eric Jones competed in nine Truck Series events in 2003. Jones piloted the No. 03 Team EJP Racing Chevrolet Silverado to a career best sixth for both team and driver at Kansas Speedway, after starting seventh, also a career best. He wrapped up a whopping four top-15 finishes and only one finish worse than 18th. Eric quietly finished 27th in the final 2003 point standings ahead of several competitors who ran double the amount of races.