CONCORD, N.C. – Richard Petty Motorsports development driver Corey LaJoie will make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend.
RPM will field a second NNS entry at the one-and-a-half mile track for the rookie driver. LaJoie will pilot the No. 9 Victory Junction Ford Mustang. Mike Shiplett, current car chief of the No. 9 Sprint Cup team, will be the crew chief and the No. 43 Cup crew will pit the car.
LaJoie has turned heads in 2013 after making three trips to Victory Lane in just five ARCA Racing Series starts. The wins have showcased the bright future of the 22-year-old who has also competed in the NASCAR K&N East Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Series before joining the RPM organization earlier this year. Since 2009, LaJoie has 35 starts in the K&N East Series.
In those 35 starts, he’s accumulated five wins, 17 top-five finishes, 20 top-10 finishes and one pole. LaJoie also has a total of six ARCA starts since 2009, earning a total of three wins and four top-five finishes.
“I feel really blessed and excited to make my debut at Homestead,” LaJoie said. “I feel like I’ve been ready for this for a couple of years but finally everything is falling into place. I’m happy it’s with a great organization like RPM, and I couldn’t be more excited to represent them on and off the race track.”