Go Green Racing will return to the XFINITY Series in 2018 with Joey Gase as its driver. The organization plans to run the full 33-race schedule, according to team owner Archie St. Hilaire, who also owns sister team Go FAS Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The team competed in the XFINITY Series from 2009-2013 before merging with FAS Lane Racing to form Go FAS.
Gase will drive the No. 35, with Sparks Energy as a primary sponsor. No manufacturer was announced, but the team will likely use Ford Mustangs, as Go FAS races Ford Fusions.
“Sparks Energy is a great family-owned and operated company,” Gase said in a press release. “It’s crazy to think that my partnership with Sparks all began with a Twitter message. I got an email back from the president of the company and the rest is history.
“I can’t wait to get to Daytona and run with this great team. I can’t thank Archie and everyone at Go Green Racing enough for the opportunity and Sparks Energy for making it happen.”
Gase drove full-time for Jimmy Means Racing the past four seasons, finishing 22nd in the XFINITY standings in 2017. His best finishes last year came at Daytona, finishing seventh and 10th.
Gase, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has 22 starts in the Cup Series for a handful of lower-budget teams.
“It’s been such a pleasure being part of Joey’s career,” St. Hilaire said in the release. “My family has been very lucky to be part of many firsts for Joey’s career and we look forward to creating great memories together again this year. With Sparks Energy, Donate Life, and many of our other great partners on-board, we hope to make the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs and compete with some of the big teams.”
The team hopes to move Gase up to a second Cup car with Go FAS in 2019.
— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) January 5, 2018
Sparks Energy performs storm response and energy restoration services for investor-owned utilities and electric cooperatives. They will be the title sponsor of the XFINITY race at Talladega Superspeedway on April 28.