JoJo Wilkinson will become the latest driver to strap into a Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) machine when she joins the BMR Driver’s Academy for the inaugural event on March 26-27 at All-American Speedway. She joins previously-announced drivers Cole Moore, David Smith and Amber Balcaen for the opener.
The pieces began to fall for the Alabama driver when she flew to California to take part in the BMR Driver’s Academy testing weekend at All-American back in January.
“I went out to California about a month ago to go test with Bill McAnally Racing for the Driver’s Academy, which is a big deal for us local drivers that don’t usually get opportunities like that,” Wilkinson said on Speed51’s “The Bullring.” “He’s giving me another opportunity to race for him at All American Speedway March 26-27.”
Wilkinson and McAnally have been connected for a few years now as the two sought after an opportunity for Wilkinson to get behind the wheel. She spoke highly of the team owner, having gone to him for advice over the years.
“Bill’s a very good team owner and businessman. He’s also loyal to anyone that comes around, he’s outgoing and nice to anybody that comes into contact with him. He’s been reaching out to me for a long time now so I reached out to him asking what I can do as a driver and a female driver and as a person when I get to that next level in NASCAR.”
Along with her starts with the BMR Drivers Academy, Wilkinson will be back in the Pro Late Model ranks around the Southeast for the 2021 season. Expect her to be in attendance at the bigger PLM races around the region as she looks to gain more experience behind the wheel in search for the next big opportunity.
She will make her first Pro Late Model start this weekend during the Alabama 200 at Montgomery Motor Speedway, a race that can be seen live on Speed51.TV.
“We’re trying to do all we can with what we’ve got and we are a one-man team as of right now. This season we have an all new Grand American Race Car that Augie (Grill) has worked very hard on, as well as my dad. We’re just trying everything that we can.
“We’re trying to go run the bigger races so I can get my name out there. The next step for me is NASCAR and that’s what I want more than anything in the world. With Bill giving me this opportunity I really feel like I can get my name out there racing for him.”
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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