NASCAR: Corey Lajoie set for four-race run in No. 98 Nationwide Series car

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A few weeks after making his Sprint Cup debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Corey Lajoie is now set for a four-race run in the Nationwide Series driving the No. 98 Biagi-DenBeste Racing Ford.

Lajoie, a Richard Petty Motorsports development driver, will contest the upcoming Nationwide races at Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The No. 98 has been run in 11 Nationwide races this season, including two of the last three with RPM Sprint Cup driver Aric Almirola at the controls.

Lajoie drove the No. 98 himself this summer at Kentucky Speedway and finished 16th. He hopes that the new deal with Biagi-DenBeste will further his limited experience on high-speed ovals.

“I have to thank both RPM and Biagi-DenBenste Racing for giving me the opportunity to put four races together in the Nationwide Series,” said LaJoie in a statement. “This is a very good car with good people supporting it. They are a proven team that is capable of finishing in the Top-Five.

“These races will be another great opportunity to advance my learning curve on the bigger tracks and with cars with more horsepower.”

Said Biagi-Denbeste co-owner Fred Biagi: “Corey has shown that he learns very quickly on the track. Our first race together we finished 16th in only his second Nationwide Series start.

“We feel that we can compete in the Top-10 and Top-Five in these four races with Corey and that’s our goal.”

A lack of sponsorship has helped keep Lajoie to limited action this season across the NASCAR national series: The aforementioned sole outings in Sprint Cup and Nationwide plus two appearances in the Camping World Truck Series.

But now that he has a multi-race pact with the Biagi-DenBeste group, expect Lajoie to do all he can to impress during the tail end of the Nationwide calendar.

Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.

Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.

“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.” 

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.

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