Tim Wilkerson will drive the SCAG Power Equipment/Levi and Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang this NHRA season. (Photo by MWR)
BROWNSBURG, Ind. JCM Racing and Tim Wilkerson Racing have teamed up to create Maynard Wilkerson Racing (MWR).
NHRA Funny Car driver Tim Wilkerson and JCM Racing team owner Joe Maynard will serve as co-owners of Wilkerson’s Funny Car operation, which will compete under the MWR banner and add JCM Racing partner SCAG Power Equipment as its primary sponsor.
“SCAG reached out to us at the end of the 2022 NHRA season and made it clear that they are interested in expanding their partnership with our team and would like to have representation in the Funny Car class,” said Maynard.
As the majority owner of the Top Fuel Dragster driven by Tony Schumacher, Maynard will now field two NHRA entries under the JCM Racing banner.
Naturally, we thought Tim would be an excellent fit. As a self-contained business owner and someone who wears many different hats throughout his day-to-day operation, Tim is a crowd-pleasing likable guy. He’s a hard worker, the real kind who gets on your hands. And let’s face it. What’s not to like about Tim Wilkerson He is one of the most loved and respected drivers in our sport, said Maynard.
Randy Gloedy, CEO of SCAG Power Equipment, echoed Maynard’s sentiments and said, “Not only has Tim spent the past two decades running a Funny Car operation as an owner/driver/tuner, but he also owns and operates a successful auto repair shop. Tim does it all, like so many of the 1,400 SCAG dealers across the country.”
SCAG, the industry leader in commercial and residential riding, stand up and walk behind lawn mowers, first entered the NHRA scene during the NHRA Gatornationals this past March, debuting as a seven-race/six-race starting partner. Schumacher’s dragster.
By September, JCM and SCAG announced that the Mayville, Wis. organization would increase its commitment to becoming a full-time primary on the machine driven by Schumacher for at least three years. Now, just four months after that announcement, Gloede has announced a larger stake in NHRA with this latest news.
“We’ve seen first-hand through our partnership with Maynards and Tony Schumacher how our investment in NHRA Drag Racing has enhanced the value of our dealer and dealer customer experience,” explained Gloedy. “This, along with brand exposure to NHRA’s large and loyal fan base, has prompted us to make the decision to increase our level of commitment to the sport. We are thrilled to have Tim join Tony in representing the SCAG brand, and look forward to the opportunity to compete for championships in NHRA’s two nitro classes.”
As a 27-year Funny Car veteran, Wilkerson looks forward to the upcoming NHRA season to be the year he finally breaks through and captures his first Funny Car World Championship. He’s been in the catch several times during his 18 top-ten finishes but is looking forward to becoming a strong contender in next year’s championship chase.
With additional support from JCM Racing and SCAG, Wilkerson will continue to serve as tuner and driver for his operation, which will remain in Springfield, Illinois. Wilkerson’s crew would remain the same, with longtime “right hand” Richard Hartmann continuing alongside Wilk on the SCAG Power Equipment/Levi and Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang.
SCAG and title partner sponsor Levi, Ray & Shoup (LRS) will race the brand’s 11,000-horsepower Wilkerson machine in all 21 NHRA Camping World Series events.
“Joe and Cathy Maynard did a first class operation, and they have a good sponsor who was looking for a fun car,” said Wilkerson, who has tuned his machine and driven it to the final round 49 times in his career. “I’ve been doing this for a long time, I have a good car, and I believe that Joe and I in partnership as co-owners of the SCAG/LRS Mustang will provide that extra boost my team needs to help take us to the next level where we can compete for the championship.
“I will still be managing the team, but this is a great opportunity to grow my business. I have been trying to win a championship for many years, and this investment will allow me to run my car a little bit harder. I will have access to additional staff and the amazing team of tuners that Joe has assembled at JCM. I will not refuse. Never another set of good eyes.
“I am proud to represent SCAG and have their logo on the car along with my long term sponsors like LRS and Summit Racing Equipment. Summit has been with me for 15 years, and LRS has been along for the ride for 23 years, and I cannot thank them enough for their continued support.” There are so many positives to this new venture; absolutely no minuses. I look forward to this being a long-term relationship with both JCM and SCAG, and I look forward to sharing many winners’ circles with Maynards.”
The Wilkerson and SCAG Power Equipment/Levi and Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang Funny Car teams will begin their quest for the NHRA Camping World Series Funny Car title when the season begins in Gainesville, Florida at the NHRA Gatornationals, March 10-12.