By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie will run a full season with Go Fas Racing in 2019. He will replace the departing Matt DiBenedetto in the No. 32 CorvetteParts.net / Keen Parts Ford Mustang.
LaJoie has 57 starts in NASCAR’s Premier Series. His best finish, 11th, came in the 2017 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. To date, LaJoie has yet to compete in an entire season. He missed four races in his rookie season in 2017.
On top of the pit box for LaJoie will be Randy Cox. The duo previously worked together at BK Racing in 2017.
“I’ve always respected Archie, Mason and everyone at Go Fas Racing because they are constantly building their race team better every year,” LaJoie explained. “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 Archie St. Hilaire-owned team has just three top-10 finishes in seven years of Cup competition. All three came with DiBenedetto, with an organization best seventh-place at Daytona earlier this year. DiBenedetto’s tenure at Go Fas Racing marked the only time in the organization’s history that one driver has driven the entire season for the team. The team finished 31stin the Owner’s Championship Standings.
“Every year we feel like our program takes a step forward and securing Corey should help us continue to move that direction,” team General Manager, Mason St. Hilaire explained. “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.”
LaJoie also has 22 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. There, he has two top-10 finishes with the now-defunct JGL Racing. The Concord, N.C. native also has two starts and one top-10 finish in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.