The NASCAR racing paddock will have a much different look when the series returns to racing in February.

There has already been announcements of new racing teams next year; while other have announced shut downs.

On November 20, former driver Matt Tifft and BJ McLeod announced the formation of their new Cup Series racing team Live Fast Motorsports.  The duo has chosen Ford as their car manufacturer with the car number of 78.  Live Fast has also agreed to an alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing.

The partnership alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing will give LFM assistance with competition and development.

LFM released a statement saying, “Live Fast Motorsports is excited to be joining an incredible group of owners, as well as the new teams and ownership coming into the sport.  NASCAR’S Next Gen car and model for teams will provide opportunities for new teams to compete at a higher level. Live Fast Motorsports and its partners are ready to take on the challenge to grow and develop as a team.”

A regular owner/driver in the Cup Series, BJ McLeod will drive the number 78 car.  McLeod purchased a charter from Go Fas Racing in October which will guarantee entry into the races.

McLeod spoke on the new team saying, “it’s literally decades of dreaming, decades of work, decades of being focused.  Just a lot of relationships being built to get us to this point. You can’t sum it up in one or two or three words, even. I guess the biggest thing to say is, just really looking forward to continuing to work the way that I have the last couple decades to get to where I’m at now and see what we can make with this deal together. Matt, he’s going to make me stronger. He’s got some really good qualities about him that I’m excited about, helping some of the weaknesses that I might have. Just what we can do together, I just can’t wait to get going.”

Matt Tifft was a regular driver in the Xfinity Series, but suffered a seizure in his Cup Series rookie year that sidelined his driving.

A car owner for many years, BJ McLeod stated that he plans to continue fielding cars in the Xfinity Series with the intention of running three cars next season.  The Xfinity Series cars are separate from the Cup Series Live Fast Motorsports team with Tifft.

Matt Tifft spoke on the partnership with McLeod saying, “I think a lot of people don’t realize the relationship we’ve had over the years.  When I was 12 years old, I went down to a stock car driving school in Florida and (McLeod) was one of the instructors. … I ended up being the best in the class there, so he and my dad started talking. He hadn’t owned a team yet but … lo and behold, the next year we did World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna (with him) and that was his first time owning a late-model team. But basically we started together then and my first Truck Series race was with him at Martinsville (in 2014) and we finished in the top 10 for his first top 10 as an owner there.”