Jeffrey Earnhardt was scheduled to run full-time with the new team in 2018
StarCom Racing made their debut at Kansas on October 22, 2017 with a 40th place run. For the two races in 2017, Derrike Cope sat in the cockpit.
For 2018, Jeffrey Earnhardt found a new partnership with the newcomers, StarCom Racing. That deal was intended to last for the duration of the 2018 season.
However, following the 36th place finish at Auto Club Speedway, the team and driver have parted ways. The team made the announcement via twitter:
“We want to thank @JEarnhardt1 for his time with SCR, we have mutually agreed to move in different directions at this time. It was a pleasure working together & we wish success to Jeffrey & his team. Stay tuned this week for more information on who will be at the wheel of the 00!”
Jeffrey Earnhardt has run 5 races for the team. He netted a best finish of 21st at Daytona International Speedway.
Earnhardt qualified 23rd at Auto Club Speedway. It was his best qualifying effort in his 63-race career. However, 13 cars failed to make it to the track due to inspection issues.
The original plan was for team manager Derrike Cope to field the car full time for the 2018 season. Over the winter the team hired Jeffrey Earnhardt as their full-time driver.
The plan was to field a second car, in select races, for Derrike Cope. That second car was schedule to make it’s debut at Texas Motor Speedway.
StarCom Racing is now their second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. So far, they have run 7 races between 2017-2018.