JGL Racing officials have announced that after last weekend’s event at Talladega Superspeedway, they have parted ways with driver Eric McClure and Team McClure. McClure had driven the team's No. 24 Toyota for the first nine races of the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season.
"I have a lot of respect for Eric and his family and we wish him nothing but the best as he continues his racing career with TriStar Motorsports," said James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing. "We have a vision of what we want to build with this race team and it just wasn't working out with Eric for the direction that we wanted to go. We are committed to the continued growth of JGL Racing and will do everything in our power to progress that forward."
JGL Racing, Tri-Star and Team McClure have worked out an agreement for Eric to continue using the No. 24 number managed by Tri-Star Motorsports. JGL Racing will field the No. 26 Toyota in place of the No. 24 for the remainder of the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season.
JGL Racing has fielded two full time entries for the first nine races of the season and will continue to do that for the remainder of the 2015 season. The organization captured its best-ever finish last weekend at Talladega, when JJ Yeley steered the No. 28 Toyota to a fourth-place finish.
While JGL Racing will rebrand the No. 24 Toyota to the No. 26 Toyota, the team will also continue to field a third entry (No. 93) at select events throughout the remainder of the 2015 season as the growth process continues.
"JJ Yeley is an asset for this race organization and we will continue to grow our program and appreciate what he is doing for our team," added Whitener. "We will also look to fill the vacated seat left by Eric with various drivers for the remainder of the season. Being competitive and making improvements in our organization is our ultimate goal and mission."
The NASCAR XFINITY Series takes a week off before heading to Iowa Speedway for the running of the Iowa 250 on Sunday May 17th.