With two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Terry Labonte now officially retired, Go FAS Racing has tabbed another Labonte to replace him.
Bobby Labonte, Terry’s brother and a former Cup champion himself, will drive the No. 32 C&J Energy Solutions Ford in all four superspeedway races next season – the Daytona 500 in February, Talladega 500 in May, Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July, and GEICO 500 at Talladega in October.
GoFAS Racing is co-owned by NASCAR on NBC analyst and longtime Cup crew chief Frank Stoddard, as well as Maine-based businessman Archie St. Hilaire.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to go racing next season with GoFAS Racing and C&J,” Bobby Labonte said in a release. “The people at C&J are good friends of our family, and like me, have a passion for the sport. I want to thank them, along with Frank and Archie for allowing me the opportunity to take over where my brother left off.”
In his own thoughts, Stoddard expressed his confidence that the team can continue to grow with the help of Bobby’s veteran presence.
“…We had an outstanding finish in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona last July with Terry, and we look forward to continuing those strong results with Bobby,” he said. “We have a busy off-season to get ready for 2015, but everyone is excited about what the season holds for us.”
In addition to Labonte, the team plans to run road racing veteran Boris Said for the two Sprint Cup road races at Sonoma and Watkins Glen per the Bangor (Maine) Daily News. Several other young drivers are also being considered to join the team for the other events.
“I would rather have one driver for the whole season but Bobby didn’t want to commit for the whole year and Boris just does road courses,” Archie St. Hilaire explained to the Daily News. “[Having a lot of drivers] works for us, money-wise.”
His son, team general manager Mason St. Hilaire, adds: “We love giving young drivers and their families the chance to live out their dreams. That’s one of the most gratifying parts of the job. And the veteran drivers help us, points-wise, so we can keep going with young drivers.”
The Daily News also reports that Stoddard will serve as Bobby Labonte’s crew chief for the four superspeedway events.
Terry Labonte’s best finish last year for GoFAS was an 11th-place effort in the Coke Zero 400. He decided to hang up his helmet following a 33rd-place finish in the fall at Talladega.