Life in the Fast Lane with NASCAR Driver, Corey LaJoie: Purpose, Passion, and Racing Under Pressure
Corey LaJoie shares what it’s like to drive hundreds of miles for hours at a time at speeds between 160 and 200 mph with 42 other drivers all racing for the win. Mental preparedness is crucial for Corey to harness not only to win but to survive.
Corey also shares his passion for charitable work, as he has helped raise over $210,000 for Samaritan’s Feet International over the 2019 NASCAR season.
Samaritan’s Feet founder, Manny Ohonme also joins in to discuss their efforts to serve and inspire hope in millions of children by providing shoes as the foundation to a spiritual and healthy life resulting in the advancement of education and economic opportunities.
About Corey LaJoie
Corey LaJoie is a third-generation racer and a very well-known name in the world of motorsports. His grandfather, Don LaJoie, is a member of the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame alongside his father, Randy LaJoie, who won Xfinity Series Championships in both 1996 and 1997.
Corey continues to build an impressive racing resume that includes six wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, three wins in the ARCA Series, and several top 10’s in NASCAR’s national series.
After competing part-time in 2017 and 2018, Corey entered the 2019 season with his first full-time opportunity joining Go Fas Racing to pilot the No. 32 Ford Mustang. Kicking off the season (and creating a significant amount of media buzz), he wheeled the infamous Old Spice “Face” car to a top 20 finish. When he returned to Daytona International Speedway in July, he yielded the team’s highest finish of 6th place during the Coke Zero Sugar 400. Just a few short months later, further demonstrating his capability on super-speedways, he collected a 7th place finish at Talladega in October.
Corey’s passion for charitable work helped raise over $210,000 for SamaritansFeet.org over the 2019 season by utilizing his NASCAR platform. Many will remember Watkins Glen, where he hand-wrote the names of each donor onto his car and attended driver intros with bare feet, spotlighting the overwhelming need of shoes for less fortunate individuals all over the world. As a result of his efforts, Corey was awarded the NMPA’s (National Motorsports Press Association) distinguished Spirit Award, designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity.
As the season concluded, Corey’s social media platforms boosted over 40,000 organic followers on each platform & his Motor Racing Network podcast, #SundayMoney garnered over 300,000 listeners in just one short year of 40 shows.
Corey was excited to return to Go Fas Racing and the No. 32 Ford Mustang to further build his career in 2020. Shortly after a solid 8th place finish in the Daytona 500, he and wife, Kelly welcomed their first son, Levi Ronnie into the world, proving that 2020 will be an all-time personal best!