NASCAR Cup: Go FAS Racing looks to streamline driver line-up
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By AMANDA VINCENT
Go FAS Racing owner Archie St. Hilaire doesn’t know who will drive his team’s No. 32 Ford entry in the NASCAR premier series in 2017, but the car owner said that he’d like to have one driver race the car for the entire season.
“Jeffrey (Earnhardt) won’t be back,” St. Hilaire told Frontstretch.com
. “We really want to focus on one driver for the year. We’re talking to several parties, but that’s our goal. We’ve been doing this for four years with multiple drivers. Our goal is to find one driver. If we have to, we’ll find two, but not four or five. It’s time to move the program up.”
Eight drivers shared driving duties behind the wheel of the No. 32 Ford in 2016 — Jeffrey Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Joey Gase, Patrick Carpentier, Jeb Burton, Dylan Lupton, Boris Said and Eddie MacDonald. Neither Earnhardt nor Labonte will return to the team. Statuses of the other six aforementioned drivers with the team are unknown.
The No. 32 team finished 38th in the 2016 Sprint Cup Series owner points standings, lowest among the 36 teams with NASCAR charters that guarantee starting spots in all Cup-level races. NASCAR has the option of revoking a team’s charter if it is one of the lowest-performing teams for three-consecutive seasons among teams with charters.
Go FAS Racing does not have a technical alliance with any of its fellow-Ford teams and receives little support from the manufacturer.
“A couple of goals we have for next year is to run better, have an affiliation with another Ford team that we’re talking to and hoping the whole team can step it up,” St. Hilaire said. “We’re talking to both of them (Team Penske and Roush Fenway Racing), but we’ll be affiliated with a team next year.”