After an off-season filled with uncertainty, Joey Gase will be riding full-time for the same team he debuted with in the 2018 Xfinity Series.
Gase will suit up to drive the No. 35 car for Go Green Racing this upcoming season, according to The Gazette.
With sponsorship already lined up with Sparks Energy and Donate Life, Gase has been given a full-time ride for this year. Gase made his Xfinity debut back in 2011 for GGR and is able to relax now that he’s back with the team he started with.
“I’ve been stressing out like no other this off-season, and at the end of the season last year just because I didn’t have anything locked in yet, and you never know what’s going to happen,” Gase said. “So to finally be able to get something locked in is a huge stress relief.”
With a few less worries on his plate, Gase can focus on climbing his way through the ranks of the Xfinity Series. He spent the past four years driving for Jimmy Means Racing, but never finished higher than 20th in a season.
The move to GGR from JMR might not seem like a giant leap, but there’s a huge difference in having enough tires to get through a race as opposed to potentially having to slap some used ones on to finish. Having sticker tires for each pit stop might seem minute but it’s something Gase has never been a part of in his previous full-time Xfinity career.
“I thought this opportunity Archie is giving me is going to be a really good one,” Gase said. “Everything is a step up financially, with sponsorships, for sure, and then equipment-wise and all that stuff.
“Our goal is to hopefully make the playoffs,: added Gase. “I know it’s a big goal, but that’s what we think we can accomplish, or be right there at it.”
Gase’s goal is to eventually get a full-time ride in the Cup Series. He’s confident he’ll get a shot at a few races in the series this year after racing in nine last season between BK Racing and Premium Motorsports. Gase hopes a successful run for GGR in Xfinity may lead to a second-charter for the team’s Cup Series sister team Go Fas Racing.
“I think I’ll be able to compete the best I have at this level,” Gase said. “It’s another way to get me in the Cup series full time, maybe next year, and maybe take this whole Xfinity team and move it into a Cup team.”
“That’s kind of the hope (a second charter) and plan to do that,” added Gase.