Tommy Baldwin Racing made its fifth announcement in seven days on Friday and for the first time it has to do with the Nationwide Series program. Scott Lagasse Jr will race in 15 races and Corey LaJoie will race three times in the No. 8 Chevrolet which will be fielded under Scott Lagasse Racing in conjunction with TBR.
Lagasse, who turned 32 on Thursday, said he will race 15 times in the 2013 season in the No. 8 car with sponsorship coming from the Boy Scouts of America and HybridLight. Lagasse competed in three races toward the end of the 2012 season in the No. 8 Scott Lagasse Racing Chevrolet. He finished 26th, 24th, and 20th in those races.
“The three I ran last year were in total preparation for this year,” Lagasse said.
For his career, that dates back to 2005, Lagasse has 52 career Nationwide Series starts with five top 10 finishes. Brad Parrott will serve as the crew chief on the No. 8. Last season he was the crew chief for Tommy Baldwin Racing's No. 36 Nationwide Series entry.
“Scott has only run 52 Nationwide races … only three with this current car," Parrott said. "We’re looking forward to getting out there and getting him more experience.”
“I feel no matter what race I’m in, whether it be go-karts, K&N cars or Late Models, every race is a try-out,” LaJoie said. “You never know who’s going to be watching. The Nationwide Series is definitely a big deal. I couldn’t be more excited to run my first Nationwide race with Tommy; he’s just an old-school racer just like I am. I’m looking forward to opening, hopefully, another chapter in my career."
“Seeing Kyle Larson jump in a truck and run really good; Brett Moffitt running a Nationwide car at Iowa, he ran really good; Ryan Blaney. All those guys have gotten in good stuff and ran really good," LaJoie said. "I beat all those guys last year. I think I can hold my own with the best of them.”