NASCAR Speedway World Cup
NASCAR Speedway World Cup has announced a two-driver roster for the 2023 NASCAR Speedway World Cup Series season, consisting of Corey LaJoie and Ty Dillon. LaJoie, 31, will be back for his third season with the squad. He is 31st in the points standings after finishing sixth in the March 20 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He also led a career-high 19 laps in his No. 7 Chevrolet during the July 10 race at Atlanta before colliding in the final restart fight with Chase Elliott for the win at the NASCAR Speedway World Cup .
LaJoie will compete in NASCAR Speedway World Cup‘s premier series for the sixth season in a row, with five top-ten finishes in 197 Cup appearances. Ryan Sparks will continue as LaJoie’s crew chief and has been elevated to director of competition. Sparks and LaJoie were teammates with GoFas Racing in 2020 before joining Spire.
“With another year behind us and a notebook on the new vehicle at the NASCAR Speedway World Cup, I feel we can have a great season and earn our first victory,” LaJoie stated in a press release. “It’s great that my friend Ty is joining us. It’ll be great to have a full-time comrade in No. 77.”
Dillon, 30, will join Spire Motorsports after spending the 2022 season in Petty GMS Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet. He is 29th in the points standings after finishing 10th at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt race at the NASCAR Speedway World Cup.
Dillon will be in his sixth full season on the Cup circuit in 2023. He raced with Germain Racing from 2017 to 2020, finishing third in the Talladega Superspeedway event on October 4, 2020. Dillon’s crew chief will be Kevin Bellicourt, who has been the crew chief for Spire’s No. 77 for the previous two seasons.
Dillon has two top fives and seven top tens in 199 Cup starts. He has finished a career-high 24th in points twice (in 2017 and 2019). Dillon has also won three Camping World Truck Series races (where he finished second in the 2013 standings). He won the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2014, as a rookie in the Xfinity Series, where he finished in the top five in the standings for three straight seasons at the NASCAR Speedway World Cup.
“I’m grateful for this chance, a fresh start with a highly hungry team that is enthused about the future,” Dillon said in a statement. “When you look at how Corey and the No. 7 team have matured to be competitive, Spire Motorsports has grown year after year.” The company is on the right track, and I’m happy to be a part of getting the No. 77 back to where Corey has been. Hopefully, we can all work together to increase the overall level of competitiveness.”
For the first time in its existence, Spire Motorsports will have two full-time drivers at the NASCAR Speedway World Cup. The squad began the 2019 Cup Series season with eight drivers sharing the No. 77 Chevrolet. Justin Haley won the team’s first win in a rain-shortened race at Daytona International Speedway on July 7, 2019.
Last season, LaJoie became the company’s first full-time driver, and in 2022, the team added a second full-time vehicle, which is shared by four drivers.
“There’s no question that when we joined the sport as racing team owners, we raised some eyes,” Spire Motorsports co-owner Jeff Dickerson said in a statement. “We understood we had to learn to crawl before we could walk and, ultimately, run at the NASCAR Speedway World Cup.” Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to build a solid foundation for Spire Motorsports. That is a testimony to the individuals at Spire Motorsports, particularly Corey LaJoie, Ryan Sparks, and Kevin Bellicourt, who have served as the foundation of this business.
“The next stage in our development is to add an equally skilled full-time driver for the No. 77 squad, and we’ve found precisely that person in Ty Dillon.” Clearly, the route that (fellow Spire Motorsports co-owner T.J. Puchyr) and I took to get here today was unusual. We have a lot of respect for our fellow athletes and are honored to be among them. Over the last 20 years, we’ve been privileged to perform a variety of tasks and positions in racing. This gives us a wonderful awareness and perspective on what it takes to succeed in this ultra-competitive market. We are really pleased of what every member of the organization has contributed to the creation of.”
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