FONTANA, Calif. – Jeffrey Earnhardt and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team StarCom Racing have mutually agreed to part ways following Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

Earnhardt, a fourth-generation driver and grandson of late seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt, drove for StarCom Racing in the first five events of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

“I want to thank StarCom Racing for the opportunity to pilot the No. 00 Chevrolet,” Earnhardt said. “We are working hard on our sponsorship package and long term plans, which unfortunately means taking a pause behind the wheel to take care of that business. I can’t thank Robert Stanners and the VRX Simulators group enough for getting our season started, and continuing to support my racing career. We anticipate that there will be some exciting news to be shared within coming weeks.”

In five starts with StarCom Racing, Earnhardt scored a best finish of 21st in the season opening Daytona 500. He’s failed to finish inside the top-30 in the four races since, including a 36th-place finish on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway.