Scott Lagasse will be making a return of sorts and Corey LaJoie will be making his debut when the two drivers suit up with Tommy Baldwin Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season.
Lagasse made three starts late in 2012, his first races in the series since 2010. He said he is scheduled to compete in 15 races, and the team will be run through Scott Lagasse Racing in conjunction with TBR.
LaJoie is scheduled to compete in three races later in the year for TBR.
"The three I ran last year (with SLR) were in total preparation for this year," Lagasse said.
Lagasse, who will be in the No. 8 Chevrolet, will have funding from the Boy Scouts of America as well as HybridLight, which manufactures solar-powered light products.
Lagasse said he hopes to be running his Late Model dirt car, when he's not competing in the Nationwide series.
"I know that as a driver when you're not in the seat a lot, it's tough to be good," he said. "I ran six total races last year, three were Nationwide ? I hadn't been on asphalt in two years and we kind of struggled through those. So I told myself I'm going to race a lot this year."
Brad Parrott will serve as crew chief for the team, which fielded the No. 36 Chevrolet for Ryan Blaney (five races), Ryan Truex (one) and Bobby Santos (1) last season. John Blankenship also competed in three racesunder the TBR banner, running the No. 44 entry.
"We had great runs last year at Richmond (7th) and later in the year, at Bristol (7th)," Parrott said of the team's efforts with Blaney. "? The process is there for Tommy to bring younger guys up through this division and get them rides with bigger teams.
"Scott has only run 52 Nationwide races ? only three with this current car. We're looking forward to getting out there and getting him more experience."
LaJoie is the son of two-time Busch (now Nationwide) Series champion Randy LaJoie. A five-time winner in NASCAR's K&N East Series last year, Corey LaJoie will compete at Dover (June), New Hampshire (July) and Atlanta (August).
"I feel no matter what race I'm in, whether it be go-karts, K&N cars or Late Models, every race is a try-out," LaJoie, 21, said. "You never know who's going to be watching. The Nationwide Series is definitely a big deal.
"I couldn't be more excited to run my first Nationwide race with Tommy; he's just an old-school racer just like I am. I'm looking forward to opening, hopefully, another chapter in my career.
"Seeing Kyle Larson jump in a truck and run really good; Brett Moffitt running a Nationwide car at Iowa, he ran really good; Ryan Blaney. All those guys have gotten in good stuff and ran really good. And Ibeat all those guys last year. I think I can hold my own with the best of them."
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