The NASCAR Chevy Cup Series teamed owned by Richard Petty, Maurice J. Gallagher Jr. and Jimmie Johnson has rebranded itself as Legacy Motor Club. Previously, this racing team was known as Petty GMS Racing.
Johnson joined NBC Today to reveal the Legacy Motor Club name along with its new logo. “After brainstorming about the new name of our team, Maury [Gallagher] and I recognized the opportunity to do something special and different,” Johnson said. “We felt it was important to have a name that honored the past and acknowledged the future. The term ‘Motor Club’ is a nod to car clubs of the past.”
He also said that “Legacy M.C. will be an inclusive club for the automobile racing enthusiast. I am excited to be a part of a story so rich in heritage and look forward to creating a new legacy in this sport outside of the race car.”
A place for them to build their legacy. pic.twitter.com/VlkBz4KpAJ
— LEGACY Motor Club (@PettyGMS) January 11, 2023
This change comes in the wake of Johnson’s new ownership role at the venue. Johnson, a seven-time Cup Series champion and former driver for Hendrick Motorsports (HMS), announced in late 2022 that he was stepping away from his short stint in the IndyCar series, and will instead focus on rejoining NASCAR as part of Legacy Motor Club.
“As we were all talking about creating a new name for the team, we looked at Jimmie, myself, and Dale Inman – that’s 22 championships – so there couldn’t be a better name to fit our race team than Legacy,” said Petty. “The ‘Motor Club’ is a perfect fit because we want our fans to pull for the whole team.”
Legacy M.C. will field the No. 43 NASCAR Chevy Camaro driven by Erik Jones and the No. 42 Camaro of Noah Gragson as full-time entries. Additionally, Johnson himself will take control of the No. 84 Camaro for select racing events, including the 2023 Daytona 500 in February.