MOORESVILLE, N.C. – After seven seasons of full-time racing in the NASCAR Cup Series, Go Fas Racing will cut back to a part-time schedule next year.
The move comes after the team’s full-time driver, Corey LaJoie, announced on Aug. 21 that he would part ways with the organization at the end of the year.
Go Fas Racing team owner Archie St. Hilaire has been involved in NASCAR since 2009, when he first assisted Eddie MacDonald in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
St. Hilaire first dabbled in Cup Series team ownership in 2012, with select starts made by Kelly Bires, Mike Skinner and Scott Speed, but went full time with the dawn of the 2014 season.
Go Fas Racing fielded Jeffrey Earnhardt for roughly half of the 2016 season, before Matt DiBenedetto joined the organization and drove full time for the squad in 2017 and 2018.
LaJoie has been with Go Fas since the start of the 2019 season. He’s earned half of the team’s six career top-10 finishes in the Cup Series during the last two years.
All told, St. Hilaire boasts 239 NASCAR Cup Series starts as a car owner, with three more to come this season, and owned an entry for 148 NASCAR Xfinity Series races as well.
In a statement released Thursday evening, he noted that he’s looking forward to other opportunities in his life, while still being involved in NASCAR on a limited basis.
“It has been a lot of fun over the years but with the evolution of life, your priorities change. With my son [and GM of Go Fas] Mason [St. Hilaire] moving on to start his own business in a different industry and myself getting ready to spend time with my daughter having my first grandchild, I feel its time to reevaluate the next chapter of my life,” said Archie St. Hilaire. “It definitely has been great working with Ford and all of our great marketing partners over the last 10 years and we look forward to continuing with them on a smaller scale going forward.
“I can’t say enough about how NASCAR has built and maintained their business model during the current pandemic and how exciting the schedule looks for 2021,” St. Hilaire continued. “We will keep four or five cars and anticipate running five to six races in 2021 at tracks we enjoy and [that] make financial sense.
St. Hilaire controls two NASCAR Cup Series charters, one co-owned by Joe Falk of Circle Sport and one co-owned by Wood Brothers Racing, which fields the No. 21 Ford Mustang.
As Go Fas scales back to part-time status, St. Hilaire will continue his association with Wood Brothers Racing, while selling his share of the charter co-owned by Falk.
“Joe Falk of Circle Sport will continue to own half of the charter we currently run and we will be transferring our ownership in our half of the charter at the end of the season to Joe’s new partner, who will be announced in the coming days,” St. Hilaire noted. “We will continue our partnership with the Wood Brothers Racing team on our other charter moving forward into the future. We look forward to the 2021 season.
“Our driver update will come after the remaining full-time teams announce their 2021 driver lineups.”