Event: Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400
Venue: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Format: Three Stages - Stages End: Lap 50, 100, 160
Date/Broadcast: Sunday, July 5 at 4 p.m. ET on NBC
Fireworks will not be blasted into the Florida sky at Daytona International Speedway this weekend for the NASCAR circuit as in past seasons. Instead of the NASCAR Cup Series making its traditional trek to the 2.5-mile superspeedway around the July Fourth holiday, it heads to another iconic track, Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 111-year-old famed track has hosted NASCAR since 1994, and this season hosts the NCS for its Brickyard 400 on the July 4th weekend for the first time. Daytona, the track that held the patriotic weekend for so long, will now host the final race of the regular season in August.
For the Go Fas Racing team, it will be an all-around patriotic weekend at Indy. Yesterday, the team announced a nine-race partnership with the Patriots of America, a political action group calling for the reelection of Donald Trump, with the red, white and blue scheme making its first appearance this weekend.
There are an estimated 75 million NASCAR fans, many of whom live in battleground states. Approximately 15 million of those fans are currently not registered to vote. The Patriots of America PAC hopes to use this partnership with Go Fas and driver Corey LaJoie to drive race fans to the polls.
On Sunday, driver Corey LaJoie and the No. 32 team will look to repeat the solid weekend they had at Indy last year, where the 28-year-old raced to a top-20 finish.
It will be an action-packed weekend full of racing for motorsports fans, as the 2.5-mile track will host the NCS, NASCAR Xfinity Series and IndyCar.
The Brickyard 400 fires off on Sunday, July 5 at 4 p.m. ET live on NBC.
LaJoie on the upcoming race weekend:
"The Brickyard 400 is one of the Crown Jewel events of the Cup series, it should be another special event, especially with it now being on July 4th weekend. We're thankful the Patriots of America PAC is sponsoring our team to raise awareness about registering to vote."
LaJoie's Cup history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
Best Finish: 19th (2019)
Average Start: 31.7
Average Finish: 28.7
Looking back on the Pocono Double
Pocono Organics 325:
By virtue of a random draw, LaJoie started 29th in the first race of the weekend at Pocono. At the lap 12 competition caution, he remained in the 29th spot, reporting a laterally free race car. A caution with only two laps to go in stage one allowed the Built Bar driver to pit for fuel only and stay out during the stage break.
After completing the first segment in 24th, LaJoie fired off from the 13th position as stage two got underway. The third generation driver maintained his running in the top-20 after not pitting during the stage break, until making a green flag pit stop on lap 58. Over the remainder of the stage, LaJoie remained in the top-25 until falling a position to finish the segment 26th.
Crew Chief Ryan Sparks elected to keep the driver on track during the stage break, giving him 22nd for the restart. In the early goings of the 53-lap final segment, LaJoie reported that the Bar Built Mustang fired off really tight. He made his final pit stop on lap 11 under green for two tires and fuel. He cycled into 24th and gained a position over the closing laps to bring home a 23rd-place finish in the first race of the weekend.
Based on his finish in Saturday's race, LaJoie started the second Pocono race from 23rd. On lap four, the North Carolina native relayed to the Go Fas Racing team a tight-handing race car from 28th while a caution flew for inclement weather. After an extensive red flag hold, the engines re-fired and Sparks called for a four-tire stop with adjustments before going back green. After another stop during the 30-lap opening segment, the Bar Built Ford muscled to a 21st-place finish in stage one.
Pitting for only right-side tires and fuel during the stage break, LaJoie took the green flag for stage two 19th. Making it through multiple cautions in the segment, LaJoie noted the need for more rear security with 10 laps to go. The GFR team finished stage two 27th.
The final stage of the Pocono doubleheader weekend started with LaJoie in 21st. He powered into the top-20 with 45 laps to go, contesting in 18th. Reporting a slightly snug No. 32 Ford, LaJoie needed to pit one more time with less than 25 laps to go. He pitted from eighth-place on lap 124 for fuel only and went on to finish 21st in the Pocono 350, earning the team's ninth top-25 result of the year.
About Go Fas Racing:
Go Fas Racing (GFR) currently fields Ford Mustangs in the NASCAR Cup Series for driver Corey LaJoie. Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, GFR has competed in the NASCAR's premier series since 2014; fielding cars for some of NASCAR's top drivers, including past champions. To find out more information about our team please visit www.GoFasRacing.com.
Stay up-to-date on Corey LaJoie:
To get live updates during the race weekends follow @coreylajoie on Instagram and Twitter. Make sure to give Corey a "like" on Facebook - "@CoreyLaJoieRacing". For a detailed bio and updated in-season statistics, please visit www.coreylajoieracing.com.
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