Mooresville, N.C. (24 February 2020) – With a full-time staff that includes several former NASCAR regulars, JR III Racing has grown its race operation to have a hand in several different categories of competition. The growth of the establishment in the last year has exceeded its current 10,000 sq. ft. facility in Mooresville, NC and the team has now begun breaking ground on a 7,000 sq. ft. addition.
As well as its established vintage racing clientele, JR III Racing made the step into the IMSA Prototype Challenge (IPC) series with a limited schedule in 2019 ahead of a full-season program in 2020.
While the current shop has seven full-time employees and houses almost 20 vintage cars which JR III preps for SVRA and club racing events, it also holds two Ligier LMP3s and one Norma Prototype Challenge car. With a full house, it was time for expansion and JR III Racing hopes to complete the project by the end of the year.
The expansion will bring the JR III Racing facility from 10,000 square feet to 17,000 square feet, allowing for a larger workspace for the team’s growing vintage racing clientele as well as storage for pit lane and track equipment needed for events.
Expanding the shop is another step forward for the team as JR III Racing team owner Billy Glavin grows to meet client demand and prepare for expanded operations in the future.
“When we moved into our current race shop, our business had already expanded and filled the space,” said Glavin. “The expansion allows for us to continue growing and bringing in more customer cars to work on. From July to December 2019, JR III Racing grew from three employees to seven. We are settling into our new routine and schedule while continuing to provide high-level restorations and race preparation with the very experienced crew we have welcomed.”
Things will be busy at the shop as construction goes on and as the team embarks on an intense schedule of events to kick off the racing season.
JR III Racing made its 2020 IPC debut with the season opener in January at Daytona International Speedway during the Roar Before the 24 weekend. Father-son driving duo, Greg and Eric Palmer, took to the high banks and technical infield of the 3.56-mile road course in the No. 3 Copps Industries Ligier.
Starting the race under wet conditions, the elder Palmer moved up the order to see fourth by the end of the first hour of the three-hour event. Eric Palmer then got behind the wheel to close out the race, securing the team’s first top 10 finish of the season.
Having checked off Round 1 of 6 in the IMSA Prototype Challenge season, JR III Racing’s vintage competition programs begin its season with American Endurance Racing at Road Atlanta February 13-16th followed by the opening SVRA event at Sebring International Raceway February 27-March 1st.