Sprint Cup team preview: Go FAS Racing
January 26, 2014, Zack Albert, NASCAR.com
Newly merged team aims for moderate gains in 2014
-- The offseason merger of Archie St. Hilaire-owned Go Green Racing with the Frank Stoddard-owned FAS Lane Racing operation yielded a new venture with a suitable amalgam of a name -- Go FAS Racing.
-- The Stoddard team entered every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with its No. 32 Ford last season, using former NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year Timmy Hill in 19 races, then fielding a mix of veterans -- Ken Schrader (10 races), Terry Labonte (five races) and Boris Said (both road courses) -- in the rest. The team's best finish was 18th place, with Said behind the wheel at Sonoma Raceway in June.
-- Go Green's primary experience has been in the Nationwide Series, with Jeffrey Earnhardt driving the majority of races for the team last season in the No. 79 Ford. The St. Hilaire team also fielded three drivers (Kelly Bires, Mike Skinner and Scott Speed) in six Sprint Cup events in 2012.
2014 Driver Lineup
Terry Labonte, No. 32 Ford.
Labonte, the 1984 and 1996 champion in NASCAR's premier series, is confirmed as the team's driver for the Daytona 500. Beyond that, team officials indicated they are in negotiations to fill out the 2014 schedule.
Go FAS intends to compete the entire NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule in 2014, hoping to make modest gains over its 37th-place finish in the season standings last year. Just a two- or three-spot jump in the standings would help the team's stature in making each race in qualifying.
With Labonte in the fold, the team has somewhat of a safety net in being able to rely on a past champion's provisional berth for the season-opening Daytona 500. If Hill remains in the mix for 2014, his potential to mature as a driver could help the team make strides among its lesser-funded brethren in that end of the Sprint Cup garage.