Maynard Family Racing
JCM Racing Teams Up with Tim Wilkerson Racing to Form Maynard Wilkerson Racing Funny Car Team, Expands Partnership with SCAG Power Equipment
BROWNSBURG, IN – 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.”
POMONA, CA – Tony Schumacher and crew chief Mike ‘Zippy’ Neff have reunited, it was announced today, setting up what is certain to be a dominant force in NHRA Top Fuel competition in 2023. The rumors had been swirling throughout the race pits all weekend during the NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., and on the first day of the 2022 – 2023 NHRA Camping World Series off-season, the Maynard Family Racing (JCM) team is pleased to confirm the news.
“Yes, it’s official. Zippy will be the crew chief on our SCAG Power Equipment Top Fuel dragster next season,” said Schumacher. “Truthfully, this is a huge deal, and I have no doubt we’re going to be a powerhouse team.”
Neff joins Schumacher after tuning Funny Car driver Bob Tasca to six of Tasca’s 12 total wins over a two-year period. Joining Neff in his new role is Jon Schaffer, who served as Neff’s assistant crew chief on Tasca’s machine. Phil Shuler, a member of Schumacher’s current brain trust, will remain onboard and continue to lend his expertise. Todd Okuhara will leave his current role as crew chief on Schumacher’s car.
POMONA, CA – The Maynard Family Racing team closed out the 2022 NHRA Camping World Series season by campaigning a ‘giving car’ for the second consecutive event, this time representing A Soldier’s Child (ASC) on Veteran’s Day weekend at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
With 18 Top Fuelers vying to make Sunday’s elimination show, Tony Schumacher powered his 11,000-horsepower machine to the fourth-quickest run of the opening qualifying session, clocking a 3.759 E.T. to put his machine comfortably in the field. By the time he rolled through the waterbox for Saturday’s first session, Schumacher had been bumped back to 12th, but his team cranked it up and tuned the DSR Performance-powered ASC dragster to a stout 3.701-second pass, which held up to be third-quickest of the session and launched Schumacher back into the top half of the field.
Starting race day from eighth, Schumacher faced No. 9 qualifier Clay Millican in the opening round of eliminations, and the two were the first pair of competitors to hit the track on Sunday morning. The eight-time Top Fuel world champ stood on the gas ready to battle it out for the round win but a loss of traction right at the hit of the throttle ended his chances at making a run through the NHRA Finals Top Fuel field.
BROWNSBURG, IN – The Maynard Family Racing (JCM) team’s end-of-season ‘giving car’ campaign will commence this weekend at the NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. with Tony ‘the Sarge’ Schumacher piloting the A Soldier’s Child Top Fuel dragster. The team featured the American Mobility Project at the most recent race on tour in Las Vegas two weeks prior, and at this weekend’s season finale, JCM is looking forward to flying the colors of another Tennessee-based nonprofit. By fielding the A Soldier’s Child (ASC) dragster, JCM will be racing to raise funds and awareness for the national organization that aims to serve the children of fallen military personnel who lost their lives while on active duty.
Team owners and Clarksville, Tenn. residents, Joe and Cathi Maynard, have been tremendous supporters of ASC since 2008. Among their many contributions to the Smyrna, Tenn.-based group is their involvement with the annual ASC Dinner Banquet. For the past 12 years, the Maynard family business, ECHO Power Engineering, has served as the presenting sponsor of the Banquet, the organization’s largest yearly fundraiser. At the 2022 event held earlier this year, more than $230,000 was raised for ASC. Schumacher and Funny Car racer Ron Capps attended the event as guests of the Maynards, and each donated NHRA experiential packages to the event’s live auction which helped to contribute to the evening’s fundraising efforts.
LAS VEGAS – With a special livery featuring the American Mobility Project, Tony Schumacher raced to a semifinal finish Sunday at the NHRA Nevada Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was a solid start for the Maynard Family Racing team’s ‘giving cars’ campaign, which will continue at the NHRA Finals at Pomona.
Schumacher qualified No. 4 on the strength of his 3.692-second blast at 327.43-mph in the fourth session, where he jumped up from No. 11. He then started race day with a consistent 3.707 E.T. to defeat Rob Passey and move on to race Shawn Langdon in the second round. There, Schumacher left first and recorded a 3.764 E.T., beating Langdon’s 3.762-second pass on a holeshot. In the semifinals, Schumacher grabbed a .002-second starting line advantage over championship-contender Brittany Force, but he encountered issues early and slowed to a 4.075 while Force made a clean pass for the win.
“This weekend was great,” said Schumacher, who has one win in two final-round appearances aboard his DSR Performance-powered dragster this season. “We did what we said we were going to do. We made good, solid runs. We had to change engines and I think that bit us, ultimately. We were just down on a little power. We might’ve had another final round. But all in all, we did good. We moved around Leah (Pruett) and got into 11th. I don’t think we’re that far out of the Top 10. We have a chance with points-and-a-half at Pomona, so we’ll see if we can’t knock our way into the Top 10.”
Giving Cars’ on Display at Last Two Races of 2022 NHRA Season; Tony Schumacher to Campaign American Mobility Project Dragster in Las Vegas
BROWNSBURG, IN – Charitable causes near and dear to the hearts of NHRA team owners Joe and Cathi Maynard will be prominently on display as the Maynard Family Racing team closes out the year by campaigning ‘giving cars’ at the final two races of the 2022 NHRA Camping World Series season. Aboard the American Mobility Project dragster, eight-time Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher will make a run for his ninth Las Vegas trophy this weekend during the NHRA Nevada Nationals. Next month, Schumacher will pilot the A Soldier’s Child Top Fueler at the season-closing NHRA Finals. Both cars are independently funded, meaning there is no cost associated with either nonprofit organization to be recognized through the dedicated tribute liveries.
“The goal is simple – to get more people to donate to these causes,” said Joe Maynard of running the American Mobility Project (AMP) and A Soldier’s Child (ASC) paint schemes in Las Vegas and Pomona, Calif. “The more eyeballs and awareness we can bring to these two organizations, the more money that will end up being raised.”
Founded by retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Gary Linfoot, his wife, Mari, and former NFL executive, Bob Hyde, American Mobility Project serves to provide mobility and adaptive equipment and resources to those living with disabilities.
ENNIS, TX – It was simply a matter of ending up on the bad side of a good drag race that led to an early exit for Tony Schumacher and the Maynard Family Racing team during Sunday’s elimination rounds at the Texas NHRA FallNationals.
With six Texas Motorplex triumphs, Schumacher is the winningest Top Fuel driver in the history of the facility, and the 2020 ‘Texas Motorplex Legend’ award recipient was hoping to add to his total as he sought to race to the winner’s circle for the second time this season.
Piloting the SCAG Power Equipment livery for the last time in 2022, Schumacher entered the final qualifying session on Saturday evening sitting in the No. 13 spot after clocking a 3.836 E.T. as his best run of the weekend’s first three qualifying rounds. Crew chiefs Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler turned up the wick in Q4, tuning Schumacher’s machine to a 3.801 E.T., and while it was a solid pass, it wasn’t enough to improve their position on a ladder which was mostly set from Friday night’s Q2 session during prime racing conditions.
Ennis, TX – As a resident of Austin, Schumacher considers the Texas Motorplex to be his home track. At the 2020 event, Schumacher was named a Texas Motorplex Legend and was the second person to be awarded the honor, which was first introduced in 2019.
With six Texas Motorplex triumphs, Schumacher is the winningest Top Fuel driver in the history of the facility Schumacher claimed his first NHRA national event win in 1999 at Dallas and went on to win his first of eight championships later that year. The Maynard Family Racing Top Fuel dragster will fly the SCAG Power Equipment colors for the final time in 2022 this weekend Schumacher and the JCM team announced a partnership expansion with SCAG Power Equipment last month.
Starting in 2023, SCAG will serve as the primary backer of Schumacher’s 11,000-horsepower machine at all events through 2025. Before qualifying gets underway, team owners Joe and Cathi Maynard will be honored at the Austin Peay State University Naming Celebration of the Joe and Cathi Maynard Family Athletics Complex at Fortera Stadium in Clarksville, TN on Friday morning Named Austin Peay’s 2020 Philanthropists of the Year, Clarksville residents Joe and Cathi Maynard have given generously to the University since 2017, including improvements to the baseball field – now named Joe Maynard Field – and the softball park – known as Cathi Maynard Park.
MADISON, IL – After a frustrating start to his 2022 NHRA Countdown campaign, SCAG Power Equipment Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher was optimistic that the Maynard Family Racing team would experience an uptick in performance beginning with this weekend’s NHRA Midwest Nationals. Following last week’s Charlotte event, Schumacher had remarked that he thought the team would crack into the 3.6-second zone for the first time this season during the St. Louis race. Schumacher noted that the JCM tuning brain trust of Todd Okuhara, Phil Shuler, and Marc Denner was pleased to see that their 11,000-horsepower machine was starting to react to what they were asking it to do, and felt they had a good baseline to work off of heading into World Wide Technology Raceway.
“We haven’t run in the 3.60-range all year. And, I think this weekend in St. Louis, it’ll run that 60 we’ve been waiting for,” Schumacher had said in between the Charlotte and St. Louis events, adding, “The car’s performance is finally doing what we’re asking it to do. When you have a car that does that, you can fine-tune the run. Every time we were making a change, the car would just do the same thing; it wouldn’t react. Now we’re making changes, and it’s responding to what we’re doing, sometimes good, sometimes bad. Even if it’s bad, at least you can say, ‘okay, that’s not it, we need to take a different approach,’ but at least you have that information to be able to make that call.”
Madison, IL – Schumacher and the Maynard Family Racing team announced a partnership expansion with SCAG Power Equipment during last weekend’s Charlotte event. Starting in 2023, SCAG will serve as the primary backer of Schumacher’s 11,000-horsepower machine through 2025.
“A couple of things have hurt us this year. Having three qualifying runs rather than four has really put us behind the eight ball being down one run at each race. We’re making drastic changes in how we run the car. So, if we miss it Friday night, now we’re not qualified, so then we’re stuck playing catch up trying to get in the show on Saturday, and we’re stuck making a conservative to run to make sure we’re qualified. You can’t make it down only one out of three qualifying runs and expect to win on Sunday. We can see the light, though. It’s getting better, we’re getting there. In round one in Charlotte, we were on a good, good run, and then the blower came apart. Our numbers were better than (Hart’s). We were on track to run a .60. We haven’t run in the 3.60-range all year. And, I think this weekend in St. Louis, it’ll run that .60 we’ve been waiting for.