Young’s Motorsports will have a busy Friday ahead of them as the usual single-truck operation will field two trucks at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The No. 02 truck, often inhabited by Tyler Young, will be driven by St. Augustine’s Scott Lagasse, Jr. on Friday while former PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge winner Patrick Staropoli will pilot the No. 07 truck in a collaborative effort with SS Green Light Racing.
Lagasse, a NASCAR veteran, will make his second start of the season. He raced at Daytona to open the season with NTS Motorsports where he finished ninth.
Staropoli, a former K&N Pro Series West winner at Irwindale Speedway, will make his series debut. Hailing from Plantation, Florida, Staropoli is a University of Miami medical student and aspiring doctor.
Staropoli’s sponsor, AutoNation, paired up with him to help promote the AutoNation Cure Bowl, a college football game that donates all its proceeds to breast cancer research. Staropoli was selected as a partner because of his medical background.
“Patrick is an extraordinary young man and the perfect ambassador for AutoNation’s Drive Pink Initiative,” said Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation. “With his medical training, he knows firsthand that the key to driving out cancer is in funding research. It will be hard to miss Patrick’s pink No. 07 Chevrolet Silverado on the track at Homestead and also on display at the AutoNation Cure Bowl on December 17 in Orlando where we’ll be committing $1 million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.”
Team owner Tyler Young hopes to close out 2016 on a positive note.
“It’s been a great year,” said Young. “We’ve worked with a lot of great, young talented drivers, while working with guys I’ve raced with throughout my career. We’ve also had some strong finishes, learned a lot about them, learned a lot about us. It all helps with the bigger picture.
“We’ll be back next season and look forward to announcing our plans in the coming weeks.”