Backed by Mark Stockseth and in partnership with Elite Performance, Rickie Jones has committed to a 10-race schedule for the upcoming NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock season.
Jones will be utilizing Elite Performance’s equipment leasing program for the hauler and car, as well as taking advantage of Elite’s newly revamped engine program headed by Nick Ferri. As expected, Jones will be driving an RJ Race Cars '13 Camaro.
Stockseth, who also sponsors Matt Smith’s Pro Stock Motorcycle, is the main backer. However, Jones’ relationship with Summit Racing Equipment will continue in an associate role. Safety Kleen, RJ Race Cars, and Quarter-Max will also be onboard with Jones.
Backed fully by Summit in 2012, Jones competed in Pro Nitrous with the American Drag Racing League, where he got his first taste of the winner’s circle, and he is now gunning more than ever for a Pro Stock Wally.
“I’m really excited about this deal,” said Jones. “I’m looking forward to getting back to NHRA Pro Stock. I drove for Richard [Freeman] at a few races last year, and it was great to see our fans again. Pro Stock is an exciting and tough class. It’s one of the most prestigious classes in all of drag racing, so to be able to compete there again is an honor.
“We should do well with the team we have,” continued Jones. “With the new RJ Camaro, Nick Ferri working his magic on the engines, and Mark Stockseth supporting the team, we have all the facets needed to do well. After scoring my first win with the ADRL last year, I am really hoping for a Wally. Winning an NHRA Pro Stock event has always been a dream of mine. Many thanks to Mark Stockseth and the Elite Performance program for giving me a chance at that dream.”
Jones and team will start their season in Gainesville March 14-17 at the NHRA Gatornationals.