Event: Go Bowling 235
Venue: Daytona International Speedway Road Course (Daytona Beach, Florida)
Date/Broadcast: Sunday, August 16 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC
After notching a pair of 22nd-place finishes at Michigan International Speedway, Corey LaJoie, driver of the No. 32 for Go Fas Racing, takes his Trump 2020 Ford Mustang to Daytona International Speedway for a shindig on the Florida track's road course.
Sunday's Go Bowling 235 will mark the first time that NASCAR will race on the 3.57-mile road course, setting up a unique challenge for the drivers and a thrilling show for the fans when the green flag drops in the Sunshine State.
The NASCAR Cup Series was scheduled to take to the road course at Daytona for the first time in 2021 for the Clash, but with the schedule changes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the series will make its first laps on the course - which traditionally has hosted IMSA - this weekend in the 234.65-mile event.
The layout features 14 turns, including the addition of a chicane off Turn 4. Sunday's race will be 65 laps, broken into three stages - 15/30/65.
LaJoie will pilot the Trump 2020 Ford for the fifth time this season as part of the No. 32 team's partnership with Patriots of America, a political action group calling for the reelection of Donald Trump.
Now under 85 days until Election Day, LaJoie and the GFR team are hoping to help get NASCAR fans to the polls in November.Out of an estimated 75 million NASCAR fans, about 15 million are not registered voters.
The Go Bowling 235 is shaping up to be one of the most electrifying, action-filled events of the season - tune in on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.
LaJoie on the upcoming race:
"It's going to be one of the most unique challenges drivers in the Cup Series have ever faced. Heading into turn one for the first time without any laps on the real track will be a real challenge for everyone in the field. We're very fortunate to have been able to make laps on the Ford simulator and we feel like we'll have a really good Ford Mustang on Sunday. Weather may be a factor and we'll have to keep this thing in one piece to get a good finish for the Patriots of America PAC."
Looking back on the Michigan Doubleheader
Michigan I Recap:
Corey LaJoie and the No. 32 team got off to a strong start at Michigan International Speedway in the first of two races, finishing 22nd in the Schluter-Systems Ford. At the onset, LaJoie relayed that the No. 32 was "about a two snug" and had a "right-front chatter." LaJoie continued his march, gaining nine positions by the time of the competition caution to take over 27th. Crew ChiefRyan Sparks calledLaJoie into the pits for four tires, fuel, and a small chassis adjustment. LaJoie continued to show speed over the remaining laps of stage one, finishing the segment in the 24th position.
Under the stage-ending caution, the Go Fas Racing Ford returned to the attention of the Schluter-Systems pit crew for four tires and fuel in preparation for the start of stage two.
Restarting 21st, LaJoie's strong run continued. The 28 year old was happy with the balance of his car as he held the 26th spot on-track in the closing laps of stage two.
LaJoie took the green flag for the final segment in 25th. He made contact with the No. 38 in the early goings of stage three, and hit the pits for an extended stop to make slight repairs to his Mustang while under caution. Despite falling to 29th, LaJoie muscled through a handful of additional yellow flags to bring home his third consecutive top-23 result at the Brooklyn, Michigan track.
Michigan II Recap:
LaJoie repeated his Saturday result with a 22nd-place finish in Sunday's event, driving the No. 32 Trump 2020 Ford. LaJoie started 22nd after the lineup was set based on Saturday's results. The advantageous starting spot allowed LaJoie to maintain a spot in the top-25 throughout stage one, as the driver finished the segment in 23rd.
Under the stage break, Crew Chief Ryan Sparks initiated a pit stop that included four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. LaJoie started stage two in the 24th position. With 10 to go in the segment, he reported conditions that were too tight for his liking. The Trump 2020 Ford crossed the line in 27th at the end of stage two.
LaJoie hit the pits for four tires and fuel and started 22nd for the final stage at Michigan International Speedway. Despite getting shuffled back to 27th with 47 laps remaining, he battled back to take the checkered flag in the 22nd position. The result marked his fourth consecutive top-23 finish at the Brooklyn, Michigan track.
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:
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