In truth, it was simply the alternative. Tifft started looking for choices to make NASCAR a long-term residence even when it concerned one thing apart from driving race automobiles.
Last October, Tifft – who was competing within the Cup collection with Front Row Motorsports on the time – was pressured to the sidelines after experiencing seizures.
The first steps of his future had been unveiled Friday when he and fellow driver B.J. McLeod introduced the formation of Live Fast Motorsports, which can subject a fulltime Cup Series crew starting with the 2021 Daytona 500.
The crew will subject the No. 78 Ford Mustang which will likely be pushed by McLeod and the group has bought a constitution, which can assure it entry in all 36 points-paying races in 2021.
“I explored all kinds of avenues, whether that was being involved from a PR standpoint or sponsor standpoint. I looked at some driver coaching stuff. I couldn’t drive, so when you spend your entire life being a driver, it’s pretty hard,” mentioned Tifft, 24.
“I went through several months in there, one, I was dealing with the health problems, but, two, kind of a dark space of I’ve worked my entire life to get here and all of a sudden it’s gone. So, I really worried about it because I wanted to be a part of NASCAR.
“NASCAR is my work life and I love everything about racing, so my full investment in this sport is seeing the sport grow, seeing our team grow and to have that opportunity as a team owner is so rewarding.”
Taking on an possession function permits Tifft to do one thing in NASCAR that was far more tough when he was a driver – plan for the long run.
“When you’re a driver, you worry about every single season. ‘What does that contract look like? What does my funding look like for the next year?’ With this, you get to plan for one, two, three, five years, 10 years, 20 years, and you have a business plan set in there,” he mentioned.
“That’s what’s so cool about this and what makes it such a bigger deal.”
Additionally, Live Fast can have a partnership with fellow Ford crew Stewart-Haas Racing, one of the vital profitable organizations within the NASCAR in latest seasons.
“We have an open door there and we’ve obviously already got their cars, their parts, their spindles, their hubs, their trailing arms, truck arms,” mentioned McLeod. “We’ve got a good platform already to start with.”
McLeod, who presently owns a three-car Xfinity Series operation, just lately introduced his group to the Cup Series. McLeod and Garrett Smithley mixed to make 12 begins in his No. 78 Chevrolet this season as a non-charter crew.