JCM Racing has teamed up with 22-time NHRA Funny Car winner Tim Wilkerson, it was announced today. Effective immediately, Wilkerson and JCM Racing team owner Joe Maynard will serve as co-owners of Wilkerson’s Funny Car operation, which will compete as Maynard Wilkerson Racing (MWR), and will see the addition of JCM Racing partner SCAG Power Equipment as its primary sponsor.
“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,” said Maynard, who, as the majority owner of the Tony Schumacher-piloted Top Fuel dragster, will now field two Camping World Series entries under the JCM Racing banner in 2023. “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.”
SCAG Power Equipment CEO Randy Gloede echoed Maynard’s sentiment, saying “Not only has Tim spent the last two-plus decades running his Funny Car operation as an owner/driver/tuner, but he also owns and operates a successful auto repair shop. Tim does it all, much like many of our 1,400 SCAG dealers across the country.”
SCAG, an industry leader in commercial and residential riding, stand-on, and walk-behind lawn mowers, as well as professional and residential debris management equipment, first entered the NHRA scene during the March 2022 NHRA Gatornationals, making their debut as a seven-race primary/six-race co-primary partner of Schumacher’s dragster. By 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-driven machine for at least the next three years. Now, only four months after that announcement, Gloede has proclaimed an even greater stake in NHRA with this latest news.
“We’ve seen firsthand through our partnership with the Maynards and Tony Schumacher how our investment in NHRA Drag Racing has enhanced the value of our distributor and dealer customer experience,” explained Gloede. “That, coupled with the brand exposure to NHRA’s large and loyal fanbase led us to…