Rick Jones Truck Team Will Miss Atlanta COMMERCE, Ga., May 3, 2001 - It was announced today that the Rick Jones Pro Stock Truck GMC Sonoma driven my Mike Corvo Jr. will forego this weekend's 21st annual Advance Auto Parts Southern Nationals at...
Rick Jones Truck Team Will Miss Atlanta
COMMERCE, Ga., May 3, 2001 - It was announced today that the Rick Jones Pro Stock Truck GMC Sonoma driven my Mike Corvo Jr. will forego this weekend's 21st annual Advance Auto Parts Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
"We're trying to find adequate funding that will allow us to continue racing on the Pro Stock Truck circuit," said team owner Rick Jones. "But as of this time we haven't been able to do that."
Corvo is a professional rookie this year on the NHRA drag racing tour, and currently sixth in the Winston Pro Stock Truck standings after an impressive showing at the season's first four events.
Jones is a former IHRA Pro Stock driver, and renowned chassis manufacturer who built championship racecars for Warren Johnson in 1998-99. He was voted the Car Craft Chassis Builder of the Year in 1998.
Jones began driving the Pro Stock Sonoma in 1999 but relinquished the driving duties to Corvo at the beginning of 2001. He had his best season ever last year qualifying at 12 of 14 races and finishing ninth in the points standings. One of his best outings last season was at Atlanta Dragway where he advanced to the semifinal round before losing to Randy Daniels.
"We have a strong race team with Mike currently sixth in the points standings," Jones said. "To have to walk away from it at this time is a huge disappointment. We have what it takes to be competitive for the remainder of the season but right now we need a sponsor that will a part of this winning program"
"We ran the test sessions at Gainesville on Friday and were doing pretty well. We ran good on Saturday during eliminations but broke a transmission. We were as fast as anybody to the 330 and the eighth mile. I know we're a top-five truck right now and we can run at the front of the pack. It's a shame but we can't race without the right amount of funding."