Legacy Motor Club announced Tuesday they hired 2003 NASCAR Cup Series champion and Hall of Fame inductee Matt Kenseth.
Kenseth will serve as competition advisor for the organization. He will provide guidance and strategy on the competition side and serve as a mentor for Erik Jones and John Hunter Nemechek.
Kenseth will also help the Club transition to Toyota in 2024. The 2003 champion drove for Toyota from 2013-17 while he was with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Kenseth and Club co-owner Jimmie Johnson finished 1-2 in points three times: 2003, 2006 and 2013. They also had several battles throughout the years, including a photo finish at Las Vegas in 2006 and Texas in November 2007.
“Jimmie and I have so much respect for each other as both competitors and friends. We are alike in many ways and at similar points in our careers,” Kenseth said. “This is a great opportunity for me to be a resource for two extremely talented drivers and help on the racing operations side with this transition to Toyota. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”
“Not only is Matt an excellent driver and a fierce competitor, he’s also a great friend,” Johnson said. “This alliance makes so much sense. Matt is extremely smart. He has worked with Toyota while racing for Joe Gibbs Racing, and is still as competitive as ever. He’s a natural-born athlete and as fit as I have ever seen him. I’m so glad he is willing to share his knowledge and experience with us, and we look forward to all Matt has to offer.”
Kenseth will get to work with Joey Cohen who served as an engineer with Roush Racing when he was there. Cohen is now the vice president of racing operations for Legacy Motor Club.
“Matt is going to help make this transition to Toyota smooth,” Cohen said. “He is one of the best drivers out there. Even though he is no longer behind the wheel, his perspective and advice will be crucial heading into next season for both our drivers and crews.”
Kenseth will begin his role immediately.