Who Will Partner Corey LaJoie at Spire Motorsports in 2021?

Published 12/02/2020, 12:46 AM EST
Oct 4, 2020; Lincoln, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola (10) leads the field early in the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports


For the 2021 Cup Series season, Spire Motorsports is fielding 2 cars, the #7 and the #77. The team has already confirmed Corey LaJoie; however, the identity of his teammate remains a mystery.

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To be perfectly candid, just about anybody could be in that seat. Admittedly, Ross Chastain is the only full-time Cup driver that the team represents. However, since he is racing for Chip Ganassi Racing, Chastain is off the table.

However, somebody like Justin Haley could be on the cards, especially since he delivered the 11th place finish in 2020. It is also a possibility that the #77 car could have multiple drivers, but the team would ideally want two full-time drivers.

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What other options are there to partner with Corey LaJoie?

Apparently, Ty Dillon’s name was also thrown in the mix, since the Germain Racing team is no longer active. Time is running out; however, he does have a few options, including the second Spire Motorsports seat. Other avenues include Rick Ware Racing or Front Row Motorsports.

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Without a doubt, the 28-year-old is an excellent driver and even delivered the team’s best result. To be precise, he scored a 3rd place finish at the Talladega Superspeedway in the playoff race. However, in Dillon’s case, there is still the hurdle of sponsorship to navigate.

Meanwhile, Spire Motorsports will possibly purchase Chevrolet cars from both Hendrick and Ganassi for 2021. This is largely due to their close relationship with the powerhouses.

Coming back to LaJoie, his #7 Cup car was only possible after Tommy Baldwin gave his blessing. However, the team has a year to decide on his crew chief for the coming season.

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As things stand, the Spire Motorsports team’s future is clouded with mystery. One that the fans and the NASCAR community will have to keep guessing to solve until all is revealed.

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