LaJoie, Herring Return to JGL Racing
After a solid first year, JGL Racing will feature their “Young Guns” program once again in 2017, putting young talent behind the wheel of their No. 24 Toyota in the XFINITY Series.
The first two drivers who will get their shot behind the wheel will be Corey LaJoie and Drew Herring, who both spent time with the team last year. LaJoie will make his 2017 debut in the second race of the year at Atlanta, while Herring will drive in the third race at Las Vegas.
“We debuted the Young Guns program last season and Drew and Corey were big parts of our success with the program”, added JGL Racing team owner James Whitener. “All of us are excited to welcome back both of these talented young drivers and we look to build on the success from last year. We have done a tremendous amount of work to grow the program and the addition of a fleet of Joe Gibbs Racing cars and utilizing the horsepower from the JGR engines will help these talented young drivers shine.”
Outside of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debuts, LaJoie will also run Auto Club Speedway this year for JGL, on top of Atlanta. LaJoie made 10 starts this season, scoring two top-10 finishes with a career-best finish at Dover in October.
“I am ready to get back to work with the guys at JGL Racing,” said LaJoie. “They have worked very hard over the winter and I am confident they are going to bring some awesome cars to the track. Drew and I both are still trying to gain traction towards a full-time ride and this is a great platform for us to show our abilities. I hope to put together a couple more top-10 finishes like we did last year.”
Herring has also been confirmed to run Phoenix the following week, as well. Herring made four starts last year, scoring three top-20s with a best finish of 12th at Iowa Speedway.
“I am very thankful for the opportunity to get back behind the wheel of the JGL Racing Toyota’s,” stated Herring. “I enjoyed driving their cars last year and feel with the additions made in the off season that we will be even more competitive. It is going to be interesting to see how everything plays out with the new racing format and the changes to the XFINITY Series cars. I look forward to the challenge and feel these changes will put even more emphasis on the driver and his ability to get everything out of the car.”
As previously announced, Scott Lagasse Jr. will kick off the schedule behind the wheel of the No. 24 at Daytona.
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