- For the Canadian ice hockey player, see Scott Harrington (ice hockey).
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December 24, 1963 |
|Indy Racing League IndyCar Series|
|Years active||1996-2000, 2002|
|Teams||Della Penna Motorsports
Riley & Scott
|Best finish||14th in 1999|
|Indy Pro Series
|1999||Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year|
Scott Harrington (born December 24, 1963 in Louisville, Kentucky) is a former driver in the Indy Racing League. Starting out on two wheels, Harrington won a number of championships and achieved much success in the world of AMA Motocross and Supercross. In 1986 Sports Car Magazine picked Harrington as one of the three most promising drivers in the U.S. He was a multiple race winner in Toyota Formula Atlantic, finishing third in the 1988 championship despite running the uncompetitive Ralt chassis. He was the only person ever to win a race in the 1988 Ralt. From 1992 through 1994, Harrington had much success in the SCCA Can-Am series. During his tenure in the series, he won more races than any other driver. He won the 1992 championship and scored race wins in every season.
An accomplished open wheel racer who made a single CART start in 1989, Harrington made a last second Bump Day run to qualify for the first IRL-sanctioned Indianapolis 500 in 1996. In 1999 he ran a full IRL season with his own team and had numerous top ten finishes, including a top five finish at the difficult Phoenix International Raceway, at the time the highest finishing position for the Infiniti engine. Despite failing qualify for the Indy 500 and suffering serious injuries at Texas 1 (broken left tibia, right fibula, right foot and three ribs) he won the Rookie of the Year honors by a slim margin over Robby McGehee. Harrington has attempted to qualify for seven different Indy 500 races but only succeeded once, in his second attempt in 1996. He has a best IRL finish is a 4th at Phoenix in 1999 and has a total of 14 series starts, which is the least number of total starts by any IRL Rookie of the Year. Harrington is also the only person to ever compete in Formula Atlantic, the original Indy Lights Series, the Infiniti Pro Series, the CART Indy Car Series and the IRL Indy Car Series.
His career was affected by arrests and convictions for driving while intoxicated. Harrington is also one of the few American drivers to compete in the "Big Three" of American motorsports - The Indy 500, The 24 Hours of Daytona, and The 12 Hours of Sebring. Since retiring from active driving Harrington has achieved success in his driver coaching business, including coaching Highcroft Racing factory Acura team Championship winning owner-driver Duncan Dayton and Mike Miserandino who has won four national championships in a row. He also competes in a number of vintage endurance races every year. In addition to his coaching work, Harrington also does testing and training work for various vehicle manufactures. Harrington currently lives in Indianapolis with his wife Marsie and young son Riley
 Indy 500 results
|1989||Lola||Cosworth||Failed to Qualify|
|1998||Dallara||Oldsmobile||Failed to Qualify|
|1999||Dallara||Infiniti||Failed to Qualify|
|2000||Dallara||Oldsmobile||Failed to Qualify|
|2002||Dallara||Chevrolet||Failed to Qualify|
- Vega, Michael (12 August 2000). "Gordon Is Enjoying Ride On The Road To Success". Boston Globe. p. G17. "The career of Indy Racing League driver Scott Harrington has come to a perilous crossroads after he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol last Saturday in Indianapolis. It marks Harrington's third DUI offense in the last eight months,"
Rookie of the Year