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 Automotive driver Tim Wilkerson and JCM Racing workforce proprietor Joe Maynard will function co-owners of Wilkerson’s Humorous Automotive operation, which can compete below the MWR banner and add JCM Racing companion SCAG Energy Tools as its main sponsor.
“SCAG reached out to us on the finish of the 2022 NHRA season and made it clear that they’re fascinated with increasing their partnership with our workforce and wish to have illustration within the Humorous Automotive class,” mentioned Maynard.
As the bulk proprietor of the High Gas Dragster pushed by Tony Schumacher, Maynard will now area two NHRA entries below the JCM Racing banner.
Naturally, we thought Tim could be a superb 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 sort 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 Tools, echoed Maynard’s sentiments and mentioned, “Not solely has Tim spent the previous twenty years working 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 most of the 1,400 SCAG sellers throughout the nation.”
SCAG, the business chief in business and residential driving, rise up and stroll behind garden mowers, first entered the NHRA scene through the NHRA Gatornationals this previous March, debuting as a seven-race/six-race beginning companion. Schumacher’s dragster.
By September, JCM and SCAG introduced that the Mayville, Wis. group would improve its dedication to changing into a full-time main 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 via 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 massive and dependable 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 look ahead to the chance to compete for championships in NHRA’s two nitro courses.”
As a 27-year Humorous Automotive veteran, Wilkerson appears ahead to the upcoming NHRA season to be the 12 months he lastly breaks via and captures his first Humorous Automotive World Championship. He is been within the catch a number of instances throughout his 18 top-ten finishes however is wanting ahead to changing into a robust contender in subsequent 12 months’s championship chase.
With extra help 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 Tools/Levi and Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang.
SCAG and title companion sponsor Levi, Ray & Shoup (LRS) will race the model’s 11,000-horsepower Wilkerson machine in all 21 NHRA Tenting World Collection occasions.
“Joe and Cathy Maynard did a first-class operation, they usually have a very good sponsor who was on the lookout for a enjoyable automotive,” mentioned Wilkerson, who has tuned his machine and pushed it to the ultimate spherical 49 instances in his profession. “I have been doing this for a very long time, I’ve a very good automotive, and I imagine that Joe and I in partnership as co-owners of the SCAG/LRS Mustang will present that further enhance my workforce wants to assist take us to the subsequent stage the place we will compete for the championship.
“I’ll nonetheless be managing the workforce, 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 automotive a little bit bit more durable. I’ll have entry to extra employees and the superb workforce of tuners that Joe has assembled at JCM. I cannot refuse. By no means one other set of excellent eyes.
“I’m proud to characterize SCAG and have their brand on the automotive 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’t thank them sufficient for his or her continued help.” There are such a lot of positives to this new enterprise; completely no minuses. I look ahead to this being a long-term relationship with each JCM and SCAG, and I look ahead to sharing many winners’ circles with Maynards.”
The Wilkerson and SCAG Energy Tools/Levi and Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang Humorous Automotive groups will start their quest for the NHRA Tenting World Collection Humorous Automotive title when the season begins in Gainesville, Florida on the NHRA Gatornationals, March 10-12.