JCM Racing & Tim Wilkerson Racing merge

Tim Wilkerson will campaign the SCAG Power Equipment/Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang this NHRA season. (MWR image)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. — JCM Racing and Tim Wilkerson Racing have joined forces 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 approached us towards the end of the 2022 NHRA season and explained that they were interested in expanding their partnership with our team and would like representation in the Funny Car category,” said Maynard.

As the majority owner of the Tony Schumacher-piloted Top Fuel dragster, Maynard will now field two NHRA entries under the JCM Racing banner.

“Obviously, we thought Tim would be a perfect fit. As a self-made business owner and someone who wears many different hats throughout his day-to-day operations, Tim is a relatable guy who appeals to the masses. He’s a hard worker, a down-to-earth guy. 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,” said Maynard.

SCAG Power Equipment CEO Randy Gloede echoed Maynard’s sentiment, saying, “Not only has Tim spent the last two decades running his Funny Car operation as an owner/driver/tuner, but he also owns and operates a successful auto repair shop. Tim does entire, as are many of our 1,400 SCAG dealers across the country.”

SCAG, an industry leader in commercial and private riding, stand-on and walk-behind lawn mowers, first entered the NHRA scene during the NHRA Gatornationals last March, debuting as a seven-race primary/six-race co-primary partner of Schumacher’s dragster.

In September, JCM and SCAG had announced that the Mayville, Wis.-based organization would increase its commitment to become a full-time primary on the Schumacher-powered machine for at least the next three years. Now, just four months after that announcement, Gloede has proclaimed an even bigger stake in the NHRA with this latest news.

“We have seen firsthand through our partnership with Maynards and Tony Schumacher how our investment in NHRA drag racing has increased the value of our distributor and dealer customer experience,” explained Gloede. “That, combined with the brand exposure to NHRA’s large and loyal fan base, made us decide to increase our level of involvement in the sport. We are pleased to have Tim join Tony in representing the SCAG brand, and see to the opportunity to compete for championships in NHRA’s two nitro categories.”

As a 27-year Funny Car veteran, Wilkerson looks to the upcoming NHRA season to be the year he finally breaks through and captures his first Funny Car World Championship. He has been in the hunt numerous times throughout his 18 top-10 finishes, but is looking to be a strong contender in next year’s championship chase.

With additional support from JCM Racing and SCAG, Wilkerson will continue to serve as both tuner and driver of his operation, which will remain in Springfield, Illinois. Wilkerson’s crew will remain intact, with longtime “right-hand man” Richard Hartman continuing to work alongside “Wilk” on the SCAG Power Equipment/Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang.

Both SCAG and major associate sponsor Levi, Ray & Shoup (LRS) will share branding on Wilkerson’s 11,000 horsepower machine at all 21 NHRA Camping World Series events.

“Joe and Cathi Maynard run a top-notch operation and they have a quality sponsor who was looking for a fun car,” said Wilkerson, who has tuned and raced his machine to the final round 49 times in his career. “I’ve been doing this a long time, I have a good car, and I think Joe and I partnering as co-owners on the SCAG/LRS Mustang will give the extra boost that my team has needed to help in taking us to the next level where we can compete for a championship.

“I still want to manage the team, but this is a great opportunity for my business to grow. I’ve been trying to win a championship for many years and this investment will allow me to drive my car a little harder. I’ll get access to additional staff and the incredible team of tuners Joe has assembled at JCM I will never say no to 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, LRS has been along for the ride for 23 and I can’t thank them enough for their continued support. There are many advantages to this new venture; no downsides at all. I look forward to this being a long-term relationship with both JCM and SCAG and I look forward to sharing many winner’s circles with Maynards.”

Wilkerson and the SCAG Power Equipment/Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang Funny Car team will begin their pursuit of the NHRA Camping World Series Funny Car title when the season gets underway in Gainesville, Fla. at NHRA Gatornationals, 10-12 March.

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