MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Veteran ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver Terry Jones has announced the creation of Rette Jones Racing (RJR), a new team started by the Amherstburg, Ontario native and 2009 ARCA Racing Series championship crew chief Mark Rette.
The new ARCA Racing Series team will be headquartered in a 10,000-sq.-ft. Mooresville, North Carolina shop and plans to debut next month at Daytona International Speedway in the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real. The team also hopes to expand into other racing divisions, such as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
“I’m excited to be back on an ownership level in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with partner Mark (Rette),” said Jones. “Together, we are both determined to build a successful and winning organization that will field cars not only in ARCA, but in other series too. It’s a big task for us to put together a competitive program for Daytona next month, but Rette Jones Racing is determined to debut strong and show everyone what we’re capable of.”
The team will also concentrate on breeding new talent at the ARCA Racing Series level.
Rette was most recently Frank Kimmel’s crew chief in 2014 with Win-Tron Racing.
“This is something I’ve talked about doing for such a long time, but I needed the perfect partner,” said Rette, who won the 2009 ARCA Racing Series championship with driver Justin Lofton. “Without a doubt, Terry (Jones) is that perfect partner. He has the same goals and ambitions that I have. With his support and guidance, we’re building an organization that will be around for many years to come.”
Jones will debut for RJR at Daytona behind the wheel of the No. 30 RJR Toyota Camry. The team will also utilize the new ARCA Ilmor 396 engine package throughout the season.
The successful Canadian entrepreneur will make his eighth career start at the “World Center of Racing” next month. Last February, he finished eighth at Daytona after qualifying 10th. Jones’s career-best finish is fifth at Talladega Superspeedway in 2013.
The Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real is set for Saturday, February 14. The 80-lap race is the preamble for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited race held later that night.
-ARCARacing.com Press Release & Photo