By David Morgan, Associate Editor
Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into February’s running of the Daytona 500.
Years in Cup: Two
Career Wins: Zero
After two part-time seasons with two different teams, Corey LaJoie is finally getting his shot at a full-time Cup Series ride courtesy of Go Fas Racing and its No. 32 entry.
Following a two-start season with a Randy Humphrey owned Ford back in 2014, LaJoie returned to the Cup Series in 2017 with BK Racing and delivered four top-25 finishes in 32 starts, including a career best of 11th at Daytona. The next season, he found himself behind the wheel of a Tri-Star Motorsports Chevrolet and it was more of the same with three top-25 finishes in 23 starts and a season-high of 16th at Las Vegas.
Despite not yet having a full Cup Series season under his belt, the opportunity with Go Fas is one of the best thus far in his career, with former driver Matt DiBenedetto piloting the car to several top-20 finishes and three top-10s during his tenure with the team.
LaJoie should be able to produce the same kind of results for the team, which has shown steady improvement year after year. The third-generation racer will have veteran crew chief Randy Cox on top of the pit box to help guide him through his first full season at NASCAR’s top level.
“I’ve always respected Archie, Mason and everyone at Go Fas Racing because they are constantly building their race team better every year,” said LaJoie. “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!”
Go Fas Racing General Manager, Mason St. Hilaire, echoed LaJoie’s excitement about the season ahead.
“Every year we feel like our program takes a step forward and securing Corey should help us continue to move that direction,” said St. Hilaire. “We’ve learned and grown a lot in our time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 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. 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,”
The team will have Corvette Parts/Keen Parts back as a sponsor in 2019, along with Schluter Systems, which will be sponsoring LaJoie for a third straight year. Other sponsors to fill out the remainder of the season are still to be announced.