Tim Wilkerson will drive the SCAG Energy Gear/Levi and Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang this NHRA season. (MWR picture)
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 is able to compete underneath the MWR banner and add JCM Racing associate SCAG Energy Gear as its main sponsor.
“SCAG reached out to us on the finish of the 2022 NHRA season and made it clear that they’re eager about 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 Gasoline Dragster pushed by Tony Schumacher, Maynard will now subject two NHRA entries underneath the JCM Racing banner.
Naturally, we thought Tim could be a wonderful match. As a self-contained enterprise proprietor and somebody who wears many various 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 arms. And let’s face it. What’s to not like about Tim Wilkerson He is without doubt one of the most liked 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 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 trade chief in industrial and residential using, rise 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 turning into a full-time main on the machine pushed by Schumacher for no 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 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 lessons.”
As a 27-year Humorous Automotive veteran, Wilkerson appears to be like ahead to the upcoming NHRA season to be the 12 months he lastly breaks by means of 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 trying ahead to turning 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 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 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 Collection occasions.
“Joe and Cathy Maynard did a firstclass operation, and so they have sponsor who was searching 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 automotive, and I consider that Joe and I in partnership as co-owners of the SCAG/LRS Mustang will present that additional 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 attempting to win a championship for a few years, and this funding will permit me to run my automotive somewhat bit tougher. I’ll have entry to extra workers and the wonderful workforce 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 emblem on the automotive 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 not 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 Gear/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.