Tim Wilkerson will drive the SCAG Energy Gear/Levi and Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang this NHRA season. (MWR photograph)
BROWNSBURG, Ind. JCM Racing and Tim Wilkerson Racing have teamed as much as create Maynard Wilkerson Racing (MWR).
NHRA Humorous Automotive driver Tim Wilkerson and JCM Racing crew proprietor Joe Maynard will function co-owners of Wilkerson’s Humorous Automotive operation, which can compete beneath the MWR banner and add JCM Racing associate SCAG Energy Gear as its major sponsor.
“SCAG reached out to us on the finish of the 2022 NHRA season and made it clear that they’re keen on increasing their partnership with our crew and want to have illustration within the Humorous Automotive class,” mentioned Maynard.
As the bulk proprietor of the Prime Gasoline Dragster pushed by Tony Schumacher, Maynard will now discipline two NHRA entries beneath the JCM Racing banner.
Naturally, we thought Tim could be a wonderful match. As a self-contained enterprise proprietor and somebody who wears many alternative hats all through his day-to-day operation, Tim is a crowd-pleasing likable man. He is a tough employee, the true variety who will get in your palms. And let’s face it. What’s to not like about Tim Wilkerson He is without doubt one of the most beloved and revered drivers in our sport, mentioned Maynard.
Randy Gloedy, CEO of SCAG Energy Gear, echoed Maynard’s sentiments and mentioned, “Not solely has Tim spent the previous 20 years operating a Humorous Automotive operation as an proprietor/driver/tuner, however he additionally owns and operates a profitable auto restore store. Tim does all of it, like so lots of the 1,400 SCAG sellers throughout the nation.”
SCAG, the trade chief in industrial and residential using, get up and stroll behind garden mowers, first entered the NHRA scene in the course of the NHRA Gatornationals this previous March, debuting as a seven-race/six-race beginning associate. Schumacher’s dragster.
By September, JCM and SCAG introduced that the Mayville, Wis. group would enhance its dedication to changing into a full-time major on the machine pushed by Schumacher for at the very least three years. Now, simply 4 months after that announcement, Gloede has introduced a bigger stake in NHRA with this newest information.
“We have seen first-hand by our partnership with Maynards and Tony Schumacher how our funding in NHRA Drag Racing has enhanced the worth of our vendor and vendor buyer expertise,” defined Gloedy. “This, together with model publicity to NHRA’s giant and constant fan base, has prompted us to make the choice to extend our degree of dedication to the game. We’re thrilled to have Tim be part of Tony in representing the SCAG model, and stay up for the chance to compete for championships in NHRA’s two nitro courses.”
As a 27-year Humorous Automotive veteran, Wilkerson seems ahead to the upcoming NHRA season to be the yr he lastly breaks by and captures his first Humorous Automotive World Championship. He is been within the catch a number of occasions throughout his 18 top-ten finishes however is wanting ahead to changing into a robust contender in subsequent yr’s championship chase.
With further assist from JCM Racing and SCAG, Wilkerson will proceed to function tuner and driver for his operation, which can stay in Springfield, Illinois. Wilkerson’s crew would stay the identical, with longtime “proper hand” Richard Hartmann persevering with alongside Wilk on the SCAG Energy Gear/Levi and Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang.
SCAG and title associate sponsor Levi, Ray & Shoup (LRS) will race the model’s 11,000-horsepower Wilkerson machine in all 21 NHRA Tenting World Sequence occasions.
“Joe and Cathy Maynard did a firstclass operation, they usually have sponsor who was searching for a enjoyable automobile,” mentioned Wilkerson, who has tuned his machine and pushed it to the ultimate spherical 49 occasions in his profession. “I have been doing this for a very long time, I’ve automobile, and I imagine that Joe and I in partnership as co-owners of the SCAG/LRS Mustang will present that further enhance my crew wants to assist take us to the following degree the place we are able to compete for the championship.
“I’ll nonetheless be managing the crew, however this can be a nice alternative to develop my enterprise. I’ve been making an attempt to win a championship for a few years, and this funding will enable me to run my automobile just a little bit more durable. I’ll have entry to further workers and the superb crew of tuners that Joe has assembled at JCM. I can’t refuse. By no means one other set of fine eyes.
“I’m proud to signify SCAG and have their emblem on the automobile together with my long run sponsors like LRS and Summit Racing Gear. Summit has been with me for 15 years, and LRS has been alongside for the journey for 23 years, and I can’t thank them sufficient for his or her continued assist.” There are such a lot of positives to this new enterprise; completely no minuses. I stay up for this being a long-term relationship with each JCM and SCAG, and I stay up for sharing many winners’ circles with Maynards.”
The Wilkerson and SCAG Energy Gear/Levi and Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang Humorous Automotive groups will start their quest for the NHRA Tenting World Sequence Humorous Automotive title when the season begins in Gainesville, Florida on the NHRA Gatornationals, March 10-12.