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Corey LaJoie had an incredible 2019 season in Go Fas Racing’s No. 32 car. However, according to a new rumor that has been delivered to TobyChristie.com, LaJoie looks to possibly not be returning to Go Fas Racing for 2020.
Instead, Daniel Suarez, who was recently released from the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 car will most likely be moving to the No. 32 — according to what we have been told.
Go Fas Racing announced at the end of October, that they would be entering a technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2020 season. At the time, team owner Archie St. Hilaire reiterated that Cole Custer would not be heading to the team and that his main priority was to bring LaJoie back for the 2020 season.
Fast forward a few weeks, and things seemed to have changed.
Suarez says he had enough sponsorship secured to return to SHR for 2020, but just didn’t have the cash in hand before the team ultimately opted to move on to Cole Custer.
However, while voicing his disappointment, Suarez said that Tony Stewart — SHR’s co-owner — has gone to bat for him behind the scenes.
Initially, the rumor after the news that Suarez had been released from SHR was that Suarez could move to Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Xfinity Series program full-time in 2020. That avenue no longer seems to be an option for Suarez who will look to stay in the SHR/Ford family, according to this new rumor.
Go Fas Racing’s new technical alliance, Stewart’s friendship with Suarez and Suarez bringing more sponsorship to the table than LaJoie has seemingly tipped the scales in Suarez’s favor for the No. 32 ride.
The insider who has brought this rumor to us says that Suarez still has the option to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 00 Xfinity Series ride for 2020 instead of a return to the Cup Series and that Roush Fenway Racing is also a potential destination in a potential expansion back to three cars.
A decision on where Suarez will land is expected by Wednesday morning. But it seems even with big dominoes already fallen, Silly Season is still far from over.
LaJoie recorded a Go Fas Racing team-record seven top-20 finishes in 2019 en route to a 29th-place finish in the year-end championship standings.
Suarez just barely missed out on a Playoff berth with SHR, and wound up nabbing the 17th-place position in the 2019 Cup Series driver standings.
UPDATE November 18, 2019, 9:13 PM ET:
TobyChristie.com has reached out to Go Fas Racing team owner Archie St. Hilaire about the rumor, and Hilaire gave a brief statement.
“We are still working on renewing Corey [LaJoie] at this time. We will update you as we progress, thanks.”
Hilaire did not directly respond to the rumor of Suarez moving — or attempting to move — to his organization. So, it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.