JONES RETURNS TO NO. 00 BURGER KINGÂ® TOYOTA CAMRY TO COMPETE AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 8, 2007) -- PJ Jones is scheduled to run the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series road course race of the season for David Reutimann...
JONES RETURNS TO NO. 00 BURGER KING® TOYOTA CAMRY TO COMPETE AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 8, 2007) -- PJ Jones is scheduled to run the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series road course race of the season for David Reutimann in the No. 00 BURGER KING® Toyota Camry this weekend at Watkins Glen International.
"Watkins Glen is my favorite track for several reasons," said Jones, who has a top-five and two top-10 finishes in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series entry at the 2.45-mile road course. "I collected a fourth-place finish there driving the No. 14 car for AJ Foyt in 2002, which is my career-best finish in the Cup Series. I also came really close to winning a Busch race there in 2000 driving the 19 car."
In June, Jones posted a 12th place finish in the No. 00 BURGER KING® Toyota Camry at Infineon Raceway and is aiming for a top-10 finish this time around.
"We were a bit lucky in Sonoma, but we know we will be better this weekend," Jones said. "Toyota has been focused on working on the motor for road course races and we're shooting for a top-10 finish. It's a great opportunity and I'm going to do my best for the team and for David (Reutimann)"
Team Owner Michael Waltrip chose Jones because road courses are his area of expertise.
"P.J. is a solid road racer with a ton of experience at Watkins Glen," Waltrip said. "There has been so much progress made with the No. 00 BURGER KING® Toyota Camry team that I feel we will be in a very competitive situation. David has been doing a remarkable job in his rookie season with a rookie team and a rookie manufacturer. He has become one of the crown jewels of Toyota's NASCAR program. The road races are exceptionally difficult and being outside the top-35, we felt it was necessary to have PJ's experience in qualifying the car."
Reutimann has only two NASCAR Busch Series road course races under his belt, but his finishes were quite impressive. The Florida native looks forward to his first shot at running that style of track in a future NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event and wishes Jones and his team good luck this weekend.
"I wish I was able to race the BURGER KING® Toyota this weekend at Watkins Glen," said Reutimann, who is fresh off a ninth-place NASCAR Busch Series finish at Gilles Villeneuve Circuit road course in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. "I feel like I'm a pretty good road course racer even though I have limited experience. I can't wait for the chance to run my first Cup road course. I hope the guys have a good run this weekend."