LaJoie knows Earnhardt will make himself available for the younger generation of the sport, just like he has before and continues to do.
“I’ll chop it up with him (Earnhardt) in passing sometimes, but I’ve never really had a sit-down meeting with him,” LaJoie said. I’d love to, man. He’s been my favorite guy since I was a little guy. I’m sure Dale’s influence is going to be far beyond his driving. He was a hell of a driver, but he’s also going to be great for the sport outside of the driver’s seat, as well.”
Just like many other young drivers in the sport, LaJoie looks to the veterans for guidance. That includes guys like Earnhardt and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson.
“I’ve got a couple different people I can go to, whether it would be Jimmie (Johnson), or Joey Logano, or (Kyle) Larson. Larson and I grew up racing together and now he’s killing it. Hopefully we’ll get to the point where we can race against each other wheel-to-wheel one day.”
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