Tim Wilkerson will drive the SCAG Energy Tools/Levi and Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang this NHRA season. (Picture by MWR)
BROWNSBURG, Ind. JCM Racing and Tim Wilkerson Racing have teamed as much as create Maynard Wilkerson Racing (MWR).
NHRA Humorous Automobile driver Tim Wilkerson and JCM Racing crew proprietor Joe Maynard will function co-owners of Wilkerson’s Humorous Automobile operation, which is able to compete underneath the MWR banner and add JCM Racing associate SCAG Energy Tools as its major sponsor.
“SCAG reached out to us on the finish of the 2022 NHRA season and made it clear that they’re all for increasing their partnership with our crew and want to have illustration within the Humorous Automobile class,” mentioned Maynard.
As the bulk proprietor of the Prime Gasoline Dragster pushed by Tony Schumacher, Maynard will now discipline two NHRA entries underneath the JCM Racing banner.
Naturally, we thought Tim can 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 actual form who will get in your palms. And let’s face it. What’s to not like about Tim Wilkerson He is among the most liked and revered drivers in our sport, mentioned Maynard.
Randy Gloedy, CEO of SCAG Energy Tools, echoed Maynard’s sentiments and mentioned, “Not solely has Tim spent the previous twenty years operating a Humorous Automobile 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 driving, arise and stroll behind garden mowers, first entered the NHRA scene throughout 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 turning into a full-time major on the machine pushed by Schumacher for not less than 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 means of our partnership with Maynards and Tony Schumacher how our funding in NHRA Drag Racing has enhanced the worth of our supplier and supplier 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 stage 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 Automobile veteran, Wilkerson appears to be like ahead to the upcoming NHRA season to be the yr he lastly breaks by means of and captures his first Humorous Automobile World Championship. He is been within the catch a number of occasions throughout his 18 top-ten finishes however is wanting ahead to turning 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 is able to 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 Tools/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, and so they have a great 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 a great automobile, and I consider that Joe and I in partnership as co-owners of the SCAG/LRS Mustang will present that further increase my crew wants to assist take us to the subsequent stage the place we will compete for the championship.
“I’ll nonetheless be managing the crew, however it is 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 permit 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 cannot refuse. By no means one other set of fine eyes.
“I’m proud to symbolize SCAG and have their brand on the automobile together with my long run sponsors like LRS and Summit Racing Tools. Summit has been with me for 15 years, and LRS has been alongside for the journey for 23 years, and I can not 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 Tools/Levi and Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang Humorous Automobile groups will start their quest for the NHRA Tenting World Sequence Humorous Automobile title when the season begins in Gainesville, Florida on the NHRA Gatornationals, March 10-12.