THOMASVILLE, N.C. – Rick Ware Racing announced Thursday that B.J. McLeod will pilot the No. 51 JACOB Companies Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in next Sunday’s 61st annual Daytona 500.
An owner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, McLeod will make his 24th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and 23rd for RWR. The Great American Race will 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 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. They specialize in High Rise Structures, Universities, Hotels, Automotive Dealerships, Athletic Facilities both Professional and Collegiate and Parking Structures.
Team owner Rick Ware 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,” noted Ware. “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,” Ware added. “Our guys have worked really hard during the off season and we are looking forward to seeing it pay off.”