Corey LaJoie is the new driver for Go Fas Racing as the team readies to compete for the full 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
Matt DiBenedetto had piloted the No. 32 entry for the past two seasons but moved on to Leavine Family Racing. The departure opened the door for Go Fas to fill the seat with Lajoie, who is more than excited for the opportunity.
"Being in the car every week is going to be huge," said LaJoie, who had competed in 23 races last season with Tri Star Motorsports. "To work with same group of guys week in and week out where you can actually prepare, watch films, study notes. Then also go from the first race of the year back for the second time is going to be huge. I think there’s nothing but positives here."
Team owner Archie St. Hillaire has made some changes to his team in other areas that he hopes will increase performance.
"We bought some new stuff," Hillaire explained. "We upgraded our brake program, our suspension program. We hired (crew chief) Randy (Cox). He has an engineering background, which is really what we needed.
"Ford stepped up to the plate so now we are looking at a little bit of engineering help from Ford. With Roush Yates motors and that combination and new driver I don’t think we are going to miss a beat."
After a deal last year with Hendrick Motorsports, Hillaire believes another change this year will be beneficial to the work done on pit road.
"We signed a deal with Penske for their pit crew," Hillaire said. "We wanted to stick with a Ford team."
With Cox calling the shots on the pit box that reunites LaJoie with the crew chief he worked with in 2017 at BK Racing. LaJoie thinks the duo’s chemistry will be beneficial to this year’s effort.
"He can hear the tone of my voice throughout the race," LaJoie said. "If I say loose in my tone he knows how big of a swing to make. Little things like that you can pick up right where we left off from a couple years ago. Everybody’s got different feedback communication but I feel like him and I were speaking the same language with the car."
CorvetteParts.net/Keen Parts will continue to be a partner of the No. 32 team for the seventh-straight season while Schluter Systems will be partnering with Lajoie for a third consecutive season.
The new look team has a new energy Hillaire believes will bring back results.
"Every week we race with that middle bunch – the 34, 38, 95 and those guys – so we think we are going to beat some of those this year, especially with this type of racing," he said. "We need to be patient and take advantage of every move we can. A lot of pressure on him (LaJoie). Every year we have been in this we have gotten better. Matt was 29th in points (in 2018)."
LaJoie is all in and excited to have a chance to achieve those goals.
"One spot better than 29th, that’s the goal if not more than that," he said. "I think if I can limit the driver mistakes and if Randy can limit the mechanical failures, I think that’s automatically a couple spots there and we can keep going up the ladder."
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