BJ McLeod and Matt Tifft are teaming up to form a race team in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The duo announced Oct. 23 they have acquired a charter from Go FAS Racing, which announced it will scale back to a part-time operation in 2020.
McLeod and Tifft will partner with Joe Falk, who had partial control of the original charter from GFR.
McLeod, who currently owns a three-car Xfinity Series team, recently brought his organization to the Cup Series. McLeod and Garrett Smithley have combined to make 12 starts in his No. 78 Chevrolet this season.
While it is currently unknown the exact shape this new partnership will bring to the McLeod operation, it is another step up the ladder for the owner-driver as he looks toward the future.
“NASCAR’s new business model that will come to fruition in 2022 with the NextGen car makes our vision possible,” the release stated. “We are committed to being a staple in the sport for many years to come.”
— BJ McLeod (@bjmcleod78) October 23, 2020
While it is also unclear the role of Tifft in the partnership, it will be his first foray into NASCAR ownership. Tifft, a former driver himself, was sidelined after suffering a seizure in the garage area at Martinsville Speedway in October 2019. Tifft has yet to climb back behind the wheel of a racecar since.
Still, the partnership with McLeod has roots for Tifft, as he made his NASCAR debut in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in 2014 driving a McLeod-owned truck.
Drivers, sponsors and a car number were not disclosed in the announcement.