Spire Motorsports is a full-time, three-car NASCAR Cup Series race team co-owned by long-time NASCAR industry executives Jeff Dickerson and Thaddeus “T.J.” Puchyr. In 2024, Spire Motorsports will field the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for driver Corey LaJoie, No. 71 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Zane Smith and No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Carson Hocevar. The team also fields three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams.
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Birthday: September 25, 1991
Corey LaJoie has become a NASCAR Cup Series mainstay over the last seven seasons and has logged 236 starts in NASCAR’s premier division heading into 2024. His career totals include three top-5 finishes and eight top-10 finishes with career-best fourth-place efforts coming in the 2023 Ambetter Health 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Yellawood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Hometown: Huntington Beach, California
Birthday: June 9, 1990
Zane Smith, 24, won the first and last races on his way to a dominant four-win 2022 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship season. The title made Smith the No.1 prospect to rise to the NASCAR Cup Series, which he did part-time in 2023 while defending his truck series title.
During the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series Season, Smith will drive the No. 71 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Spire Motorsports in an alliance with Trackhouse Racing.
Hometown: Portage, MI
Birthday: January 28, 2003
Growing up in Michigan, Carson Hocevar first took to the track at just seven-years-old. Success shortly followed, capturing 70-plus feature wins and 15 national championships in the USAC quarter midget ranks.
Hocevar, 20, made his NASCAR Cup Series debut for Spire Motorsports June 4, 2023 at World Wide Technology Raceway and has since made eight more starts in NASCAR’s premier division. He earned an impressive career/series best 11th-place finish at the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in just his fourth start.He is a four-time NCTS race winner and a standout at every level in which he’s competed. Beginning in 2024, Hocevar will drive the No. 77 Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Spire Motorsports.
With over 27 years of applied experience, spanning from General Motors to leading some of the most iconic race teams on the starting grid, Duchardt is one of the sport’s most accomplished individuals and brings a championship pedigree to the organization’s Mooresville, N.C., base of operations.
Duchardt comes to Spire Motorsports from Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) where’s he’s spent the last six years, first as chief operating officer and most recently as executive consultant. Prior to his time at the helm of Ganassi’s racing endeavors, he spent 12 years with Hendrick Motorsports (HMS).
In his role with Spire Motorsports, Duchardt will be responsible for oversight across the entire organization including competition, personnel and business operations.
#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.