Go Fas Racing announced late Thursday morning (Dec. 20) at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte that Corey LaJoie will drive the No. 32 Ford Mustang for the entirety of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule.
Longtime team sponsor Keen Parts will return, and Lajoie brings tile company Schluter Systems to the team as well. Other sponsors are yet to be announced.
“Every year, we feel like our program takes a step forward and securing Corey should help us continue to move that direction,” Go Fas Racing general manager Mason St. Hilaire said in a team release. “We’ve learned and grown a lot in our time in the MENCS and I believe our results reflect that growth. We’re very excited about the potential our team has this year.
“Every year, we’ve been able to improve our program in different areas, and we fully believe that this coming season will be no different,” St. Hilaire continued. “Corey is a driver we’ve kept our eyes on for several years and he’s impressed and delivered when given the opportunity. We think he’s a great fit for our program and can’t wait to get this season underway,”
Lajoie, 27, has 57 MENCS starts in his career. In 2018, he split the No. 72 Chevrolet with Cole Whitt at TriStar Motorsports with a best finish of 18th in the fall at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 23 races.
He drove nearly the full schedule for BK Racing in 2017 between the Nos. 23 and 83 Toyotas, in addition to occasional starts in the Xfinity Series.
LaJoie’s father, Randy LaJoie, was a two-time Xfinity Series champion in 1996-97.
Randy Cox will serve as LaJoie’s crew chief. The duo previously worked together at BK Racing.
“I’ve always respected Archie, Mason and everyone at Go Fas Racing because they are constantly building their race team better every year,” Lajoie said. “I’m glad to be part of that continued growth for 2019 and look forward to getting on track and being in a position to show more of my potential.
“The most success in my career has been behind the wheel of a Ford from the ARCA and K&N Series, so I’m ready to jump into that mean looking Ford Mustang this season. Also, some of my best results in the Cup series have been with Randy on the box. There couldn’t be a better guy to lead our team.”
The No. 32 team finished 31st in the MENCS owner standings in 2018 with Matt DiBenedetto behind the wheel. DiBenedetto finished 29th in the driver standings, and will be piloting the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota for 2019. Lajoie finished 34th in the driver standings in 2018, fifth among part-time drivers.
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