By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
After several weeks of speculation, Go Fas Racing finally announced Tuesday that Corey LaJoie will stay in the No. 32 Ford Mustang next season.
Sponsors and partnerships such as Schluter Systems, Keen Parts, Superior Logistics, and Drydene Performance Products will be back in the car with new partners on their way as well.
Retaining the ride meant LaJoie will be a part of the tremendous technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing and hopes it can translate to even better results.
“I’m really happy that we were able to work it out so I’m able to drive the No.32 Mustang in 2020,” LaJoie said. “This group is a lot of fun to go to racing with and I look forward to utilizing these SHR cars and putting together some solid runs. We had some really good finishes in 2019 and I’m excited because with the potential we have going forward, we can make 2020 an even better year.”
Last month at Texas Motor Speedway, GFR owner Archie St. Hilaire debunked rumors that Cole Custer would join the team and commented that he wanted LaJoie to come back.
“We really want Corey to come back. I think in a couple of weeks, we’ll know where we’re going,” St. Hilaire said at Texas. “That’s kind of the goal because we worked well together. Our crew chief (Randy Cox) works well with him. For a small team, I think we had a decent year.
“We don’t want to change any person in this organization. Everybody that works here, we’re happy with and we want to continue with the same driver and crew chief. Negotiations is business but I think that’s where it’s going to end up.”
Fast forward to December, Custer will be replacing Daniel Suarez in the No. 41 Ford at SHR and St. Hilaire was able to keep LaJoie after proving he can meet the team’s objectives.
“Mason [St. Hilaire] and I are excited to bring Corey back and continue Go Fas Racing’s growth with 2019 being our best year ever,” St. Hilaire said. “The Stewart-Haas Racing alliance should allow us to continue that progress throughout the 2020 season with all the great employees and marketing partners this team has! We couldn’t be more excited for the 2020 season to begin.”
LaJoie equaled a team-high 29th place in points, highlighted with two top-10 finishes at the July race at Daytona (sixth) and the fall Talladega race (seventh). Those results also marked GFR’s best ever finishes since the team’s debut in 2012.