Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that Wauchula, Fla. native B.J. McLeod (@bjmcleod78) will pilot the No. 51 JACOB Companies Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in next Sunday’s Daytona 500 in a two-car charter effort for the Thomasville, N.C. team.
An owner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS), McLeod will make his 24th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) start and 23rd for RWR. The “Great American Race” will also mark McLeod’s Cup debut at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.
In 2017, McLeod earned a career-best Xfinity Series finish of 11th at Daytona driving for his own B.J. McLeod Motorsports (BJMM) team.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to drive in the Daytona 500 and represent Rick Ware Racing and JACOB Companies,” said McLeod. “I have a very good relationship with Rick and Don (Perry, CEO of JACOB Companies) and it is an honor to represent them in the biggest race of the year.
“I have a very good history with RWR, and I feel that we have a great shot to surprise a lot of people at Daytona. We made some great strides last season and I look forward to carrying that momentum into the 2019 season.”
JACOB Companies is a multifaceted nationwide construction firm with a focus on construction, development, management, design-build and technology services.
Jacob Companies provides clients with a wide range of services in general contracting, construction management, design build, architectural and structural precast erection and a broad spectrum of technology, installation and information transport systems including structured cabling, low voltage, network service delivery and wireless solutions.
JACOB Companies specializes in High Rise Structures, Universities, Hotels, Automotive Dealerships, Athletic Facilities both Professional and Collegiate and Parking Structures.
JACOB Companies is dedicated to serving and supporting its clients and the communities in which it operates by providing superior customer service, innovative solutions and a collaborative approach while generously supporting local and national organizations through sponsorships, donations and in-kind commitments.
Rick Ware Racing, team principal of Rick Ware Racing said the return of McLeod to the organization is instrumental in the overall landscape of the team.
“Rick Ware Racing is excited to welcome B.J. McLeod to drive our No. 51 JACOB Companies Chevrolet and represent our team during Speedweeks at Daytona.
“B.J. is a great representative of RWR and JACOB Companies. He brings so much experience and knowledge to this program and what we are trying to build. I can’t wait to see what the combination of him and crew chief Mike Hillman Sr. can accomplish at Daytona.
“I feel their combination and work ethics will take us to another level and get our year kicked off in the right direction. Our guys have worked really hard during the off season and we are looking forward to seeing it pay off.”
The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500 is set for Sunday, Feb. 17 with coverage on FOX, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90. Event coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. (ET)