A post on Jeffrey Earnhardt’s Facebook page said Sunday’s race in Fontana was his last with StarCom Racing.
Earnhardt started 23rd and finished 36th in the Auto Club 400. The fourth-generation driver, son of Kerry Earnhardt and grandson of NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt Sr., joined StarCom at the end of January after finding himself without a ride following the split of TMG and Circle Sport. In five races, Earnhardt’s best finish was 21st at Daytona; since then he finished 34th at Atlanta, 31st at Las Vegas and 35th at Phoenix.
The post reads:
“JEI Crew here. Wanted to let everyone know that tonight was Jeffrey’s last race with the 00 team. They are wonderful people and we’re very appreciative to have had the opportunity to work with them and begin the 2018 season. Jeffrey & JEI will be exploring other options and working on some new sponsorship programs. There’s some very exciting news on the horizon and we’re confident you’ll be pleased with the outcome. Strategic pause time.”
StarCom acquired a charter going into the year and announced the 2018 season would be its first full year, having debuted last season under a limited schedule.
The team confirmed the move on 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!
— StarCom Racing (@StarcomRacing) March 19, 2018