Many details about the new NASCAR Cup Series team involving B.J. McLeod and Matt Tifft have been revealed, including the driver.
On Friday, the new NASCAR Cup Series team listed as “B.J. McLeod Motorsports with Matt Tifft and Joe Falk” officially solidified several details about their organization as they prepare to run the full 2021 schedule.
After B.J. McLeod and Matt Tifft, whose racing career remains in question after seizures sidelined him late in the 2019 season, formed a partnership in October, it had already been confirmed that this team would run full-time.
They purchased the half-charter that Go Fas Racing, which confirmed in October that they won’t be back as a full-time team in 2021, had used to run the #32 Ford.
Circle Sport’s Joe Falk continues to own the other half.
Now it has been confirmed that this new team will be known as Live Fast Motorsports and that they will have a technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing, much like Go Fas Racing did this past season with Corey LaJoie behind the wheel of the #32 Ford.
They are set to run the #78 Ford, keeping the number that B.J. McLeod Motorsports ran on their Chevrolet/Ford in the 15 starts they made in their first part-time Cup Series season this past year.
The driver of the #78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season has been confirmed as B.J. McLeod.
Here is what a team release stated about the matter.
“Live Fast Motorsports is excited to be joining an incredible group of owners, as well as the new teams and ownership coming into the sport. NASCAR’S Next Gen car and model for teams [for 2022] will provide opportunities for new teams to compete at a higher level. Live Fast Motorsports and its partners are ready to take on the challenge to grow and develop as a team.”
Here is what McLeod had to say about the matter, according to NASCAR.
“It’s literally decades of dreaming, decades of work, decades of being focused. Just a lot of relationships being built to get us to this point. You can’t sum it up in one or two or three words, even. I guess the biggest thing to say is, just really looking forward to continuing to work the way that I have the last couple decades to get to where I’m at now and see what we can make with this deal together. Matt, he’s going to make me stronger. He’s got some really good qualities about him that I’m excited about, helping some of the weaknesses that I might have. Just what we can do together, I just can’t wait to get going.”
Here is what Tifft had to add.
“I think a lot of people don’t realize the relationship we’ve had over the years. When I was 12 years old, I went down to a stock car driving school in Florida and (McLeod) was one of the instructors. … I ended up being the best in the class there, so he and my dad started talking. He hadn’t owned a team yet but … lo and behold, the next year we did World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna (with him) and that was his first time owning a late-model team. But basically we started together then and my first Truck Series race was with him at Martinsville (in 2014) and we finished in the top 10 for his first top 10 as an owner there.
“Really, I couldn’t do it with anybody else. The experience part is what makes it work. We want to put it out there that we’re trying to not be a backmarker team. We don’t have a huge budget, but we’re trying to be competitive.”
The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season is scheduled to get underway in less than three months on Sunday, February 14 with the 63rd annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.