Legacy Motor Club announced on Monday that NASCAR veteran Todd Gordon has joined the team and will serve as crew chief to seven-time champion and team co-owner Jimmie Johnson for his select Cup Series schedule in 2023.
I’m really looking forward to working with another champion that still has the desire to compete and win at the highest level. “In my conversations with Jimmie, I found we both miss the competition – but don’t want the grind of a full-time schedule – so this is a great opportunity for us to still race and help LEGACY MOTOR CLUB build on the success they saw in 2022.”
“Having the pressure of ‘making the race’ through qualifying and the Duel races is going to be a little stressful with a car that Jimmie and I haven’t worked with yet,” Gordon continued. “But the team had really good cars on superspeedways last season, so we have great resources, great teammates and a good starting point.”
Johnson, who returns to NASCAR Cup Series competition following a spell in the NTT IndyCar Series with Chip Ganassi Racing said:
I’m thrilled to have Todd come on board as my crew chief. “I’ve really enjoyed getting to know him over the last few weeks. I have known and respected him as a competitor for many years and have always appreciated his professionalism, work ethic and results. His wisdom and experience will be beneficial to LEGACY M.C. as a whole. I believe he will work very well with Dave, Luke and the entire team.”
Legacy Motor Club also announced that they have extended the contract of Dave Elenz until 2025.
Elenz will enter his sophomore season as crew chief to Erik Jones and speaking about the announcent he said:
I’m excited to continue my career for 2023 and beyond at LEGACY M.C. “We had a great season last year thanks to Erik and everyone at the team. There is a lot of excitement and opportunity right now at LEGACY M.C. and I’m really looking forward to getting back to the track.
Legacy Motor Club Team President Mike Beam said:
The amount of talent and pedigree of people we have at LEGACY M.C. is really impressive. “I really can’t wait to get to the track and see what we can accomplish together. Maury (Gallagher), Jimmie, Joey Cohen and I have been working really hard over the off-season to put the right people in place. The experience that comes with these championship-winning crew chiefs and drivers will help us continue the legacy that Maury and I built with GMS Racing and Richard (Petty) and Dale (Inman) built with Richard Petty Motorsports and will move LECACY M.C. forward.”
Legacy Motor Club will be on track in a NASCAR sactioned test on Tuesday and Wednesday where Jimmie Johnson will get his first taste of the NEXT Gen car.