Spire Motorsports is a full-time, two-car NASCAR Cup Series race team co-owned by long-time NASCAR industry executives Jeff Dickerson and Thaddeus “T.J.” Puchyr. In 2023, Spire Motorsports will field the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for driver Corey LaJoie and No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Ty Dillon. The team also fields a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team in select events.
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Birthday: September 25, 1991
Corey LaJoie has become a NASCAR Cup Series mainstay over the last six seasons and has logged 200 starts in NASCAR’s premier division heading into 2023. His career totals include five top-10 finishes with a career-best fifth-place effort coming in the 2022 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Hometown: Lewisville, NC
Birthday: February 27, 1992
Ty Dillon made his NASCAR Cup Series debut August 31, 2014, for Richard Childress Racing. The Lewisville, N.C. native comes to Spire Motorsports after spending 2022 at the wheel of the No. 42 Chevrolet for Petty GMS. In 202 NASCAR Cup Series starts on his resume heading into 2023, Dillon has recorded two top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He notched a career-best third-place finish October 4, 2020, in the Yellawood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
#7 CREW CHIEF/DIRECTOR OF COMPETITION
A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., is the crew chief for driver Corey LaJoie and enters his third season atop the pit box for Spire Motorsports No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Last season, Sparks and LaJoie combined for one top-five, one top-10, seven top-15 and 14 top-20 finishes, including a season best fifth-place effort in the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
#77 CREW CHIEF
Kevin Bellicourt enters his third season at Spire Motorsports leading the effort for the team’s No. 77 Chevrolet. In 2023, he’ll call the shots for driver Ty Dillon. The Daytona Beach, Fla., native carries a resume with a rich history of success in both NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series East (Formerly K&N Pro Series East) division.
Steve Letarte accumulated 15 wins during his 10 years as a crew chief in NASCAR’s premier series, including a victory in the pinnacle of stock car events, the 2014 Daytona 500. Letarte’s journey into the world of racing began at the age of 16 when he started working at Hendrick Motorsports. He worked his way up through the ranks at the team and was promoted to crew chief at the age of 25, making him one of the youngest crew chiefs in the history of the sport. As a dynamic, skillful leader, Letarte served as the NASCAR premier series crew chief for four-time championship driver Jeff Gordon, and NASCAR’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.
After stepping down from the pit box following the 2014 NASCAR season, Letarte joined the NBC Sports team to serve as a television analyst for the network’s motorsports programming. Letarte commentates NASCAR races aired on the NBC networks, which have a total viewership of more than 80 million households annually. Viewers can also watch Letarte weekly on the television show NASCAR America. Between race weekend broadcasts and the studio shows, Letarte is on television for more than 200 hours of programming each year.