Tommy Baldwin Racing is expanding again this season. It seems like every year, the team is growing to become more like NASCAR’s next top team. Over the past week, Tommy Baldwin Racing has put together a program which has announced some rather interesting things for the team that started just a few years ago.
Dave Blaney will move over from the No. 36 Chevrolet to the No. 7 as Danica Patrick will drive the No. 10 car which the team fielded for the majority of races during the 2012 season. Blaney will drive the No. 7 in memory of team owner, Tommy Baldwin’s late father, Tom Baldwin, as he raced the car during his racing days.
Blaney’s car will be sponsored by the Florida Lottery at the Daytona 500 in a few weeks. The team has also booked the sponsor for the July race at Daytona as well as the series finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. He will also be sponsored by SANY America for 14-races with 22 races as an associate sponsor. Blaney’s Crew Chief will also be Baldwin who isn’t a stranger at the top of the pit box as he has 16-years of experience in the Sprint Cup Series including 63-races with Blaney behind the wheel.
The team will also be fielding a second car in 2013. J.J. Yeley, who’s raced for Baldwin’s team on a part-time basis in the past and has been floating around with several NASCAR teams over the past few years, will pilot Baldwin’s No. 36 car in 2013. Golden Corral will return to sponsor Yeley at each of the four restrictor plate races including the season opener at Daytona. United Mining Equipment will be a primary sponsor for the No. 36 Chevrolet at both Bristol races and the Kentucky race as well in what appears to be a camouflage paint scheme. Accell Construction will also sponsor the car for six races including both races at Phoenix, Texas as well as Kansas.
However, Baldwin’s team won’t be limited to the Sprint Cup Series in 2013. Baldwin has teamed up with TeamSLR to field the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro for a minimum of 17-races in the Nationwide Series. 14 of those races will be driven by Scott Laggase Jr. who is taking one last swing at what could be his final chance to prove himself capable of racing in the toughest and roughest racing series in the world. Lagasse Jr. has a combined 71 starts in NASCAR competition with five top-10’s.
The other three races will be driven by a former driver’s son. Randy LaJoie’s son, Corey LaJoie, the hot shot K&N Pro Series East driver, will make his NASCAR national series debut in 2013 with Tommy Baldwin Racing. LaJoie will make his Nationwide Series debut at Dover on June 1 with the remaining races to be determined. It looks like Baldwin’s team is kicking off the season with a bang. If they come up with enough funding, the better the team will run which would be a great sign for race fans as this is the first real success from a start-and-park organization.
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