Tuesday afternoon’s announcement of Legacy MC’s intention to change producers on the finish of the 2023 season means there’ll now be eight full-time Toyota groups on the grid subsequent season, probably the most because the 2011 season.
At present Joe Gibbs Racing and 23XI Racing are the one two organisations working Toyotas.
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Collection champion Jimmie Johnson, who received all of his titles in Hendrick Motorsport-run Chevrolets, turned a co-owner at Legacy MC in the course of the offseason and has since enacted a number of adjustments from personnel to even the workforce title.
“Maury Gallagher and I are very excited in regards to the partnership with Toyota and TRD starting in 2024,” mentioned Johnson.
“We admire and respect the extent at which Toyota conducts their enterprise on this sport and stay up for forging a brand new legacy for the longer term. I’ll at all times be appreciative to Chevrolet and every thing we now have completed collectively.
“I’m so grateful they took an opportunity on a child from California so way back and proud that the historical past books will eternally memorialise our record-breaking success we shared.”
The workforce presently fields the #42 for Noah Gragson and #43 for Erik Jones, each former Toyota improvement drivers.
“We’re humbled and delighted to welcome Legacy Motor Membership into the Toyota and TRD NASCAR household,” mentioned TRD president David Wilson.
Erik Jones, LEGACY MOTOR CLUB, Allegiant Chevrolet Camaro and Noah Gragson, LEGACY MOTOR CLUB, Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet Camaro
Photograph by: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP / Motorsport Images
“Jimmie Johnson and Maury Gallagher have impressed us with their long-term imaginative and prescient and dedication to constructing a championship caliber organisation. Extra importantly, their character and values are aligned with ours and our present Cup Collection companions, Joe Gibbs Racing and 23XI Racing.
“In fact, we additionally stay up for being reunited with our previous pals, Erik Jones and Noah Gragson.”
The workforce previously generally known as Richard Petty Motorsports has undergone a number of rebrands in the previous couple of years amid adjustments in possession.
It turned Petty GMS for 2022, earlier than its newest change of identification as Legacy MC in 2023.
The organisation had gone winless since 2014 till Jones earned a shock victory within the Southern 500 final yr. Its struggles have persevered into 2023, with each full-time drivers exterior the top-20 in factors having registered simply two high ten finishes.