CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – The Maynard family announced today they have decided to expand JCM Racing by adding an NHRA race team to their operation.
JCM Racing is adding 22-time NHRA Funny Car winner Tim Wilkerson to their team, according to a news release.
The Maynards will serve as co-owners of Wilkerson’s Funny Car operation, and the team will compete as Wilkerson Racing, sponsored by JCM Racing partner SCAG Power Equipment.
“SCAG approached us toward the end of the 2022 NHRA season and explained that they were interested in expanding their partnership with our team and would like to have representation in the Funny Car category,” Joe Maynard said in the release.
“Naturally, we thought Tim would be an excellent fit. As a self-built business owner and someone who wears many different hats throughout his day-to-day operation, Tim is a relatable guy who appeals to the masses. He’s a hard worker, a true get-your-hands-dirty type. And let’s face it, what’s not to like about Tim Wilkerson? He’s one of the most well-liked and respected drivers in our sport.”
JCM Racing began operations during July 2022 when they became majority owners of Don Schumacher Racing. Since then, they’ve worked alongside Schumacher and Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher. Now, they have another veteran driver by their side.
Wilkerson is a 27-year Funny Car veteran who will be on the hunt for his first-ever his first Funny Car world championship. He’s come close more than a handful of times, including 18 top-10 finishes.
Tim Wilkerson speaks
“Joe and Cathi Maynard run a first-class operation, and they have a quality sponsor that was looking for a Funny Car,” said Wilkerson, who has tuned and driven his machine to the final round 49 times in his career. “I’ve been doing this a long time, I’ve got a good car, and I think Joe and I partnering as co-owners on the SCAG/LRS Mustang will provide that extra boost that my team has needed to help take us to the next level where we can compete for a championship.
“I’m still going to run the team, but this is a great opportunity for my operation to grow. I’ve been trying to win a championship for many years, and this investment will allow me to run my car a little harder. I’ll have access to additional personnel and the incredible team of tuners Joe has assembled at JCM. I’ll never turn down another set of good eyes,” said Wilkerson.
Wilkerson and the SCAG Power Equipment/Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang Funny Car team will begin their new season in Gainesville, Florida, at the NHRA Gatornationals, from March 10-12. They’ll have a chance to be in contention for the 2023 NHRA Camping World Series Funny Car title.