Scott Lagasse Jr.

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Scott Lagasse Jr.
Scott Lagasse Jr.jpg
Lagasse in 2012
Born (1981-01-31) January 31, 1981 (age 36)
St. Augustine, Florida
Achievements 1999 Top Gun Challenge Championship[1]
2001 Late Model Series Champion[1]
Awards 2000 Late Model Asphalt Rookie of the Year[1]
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
63 races run over 10 years
Car no., team No. 24 (JGL Racing)
No. 3 (Richard Childress Racing)
2016 position 27th
Best finish 21st (2009)
First race 2005 Bashas' Supermarkets 200 (Phoenix)
Last race 2017 Sparks Energy 300 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 6 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
26 races run over 6 years
Truck no., team No. 24 (GMS Racing)
2016 position 88th
Best finish 37th (2006)
First race 2006 Racetickets.com 200 (Fontana)
Last race 2017 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 4 0
Statistics current as of May 6, 2017.

Scott Lagasse Jr. (/ˈlæɡəs/; born January 31, 1981)[2] is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently drives the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing and the No. 24 Toyota Camry for JGL Racing part-time in the Xfinity Series. He also drives the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado for GMS Racing in the Camping World Truck Series on a part-time basis. He is the son of former sports car and NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse Sr.

He is the owner of Scott Lagasse Racing (TeamSLR), which is located in St. Augustine, Florida. TeamSLR currently operates a Trans Am Road Race program, dirt late model race team, show car program and a NASCAR team.[citation needed] The team is currently building a new headquarters in St. Augustine.[3]

Racing career[edit]

Lagasse Jr. is a former member of Chip Ganassi Racing's driver development program. He has also driven in a total of 14 ARCA (Auto Racing Club of America) races in 2006, 2007, 2008 for Cunningham Motorsports and Venturini Motorsports, winning twice – Kansas and Chicagoland Speedway. In 2003 and 2004, besides graduating from college with honors, he was racing dirt cars and competed on a limited schedule in the ASA National Touring Series. In just 12 starts Lagasse racked up 8 Top 10, 5 Top 5 and a win at Kentucky Speedway. From 1998 through 2002 he won over 25 races on dirt and asphalt in Modifieds, Sportsman and Late Models.

Lagasse made his Busch Series debut at the Phoenix International Raceway in 2005. He started 33rd while driving the No. 40 Dodge for FitzBradshaw Racing and he finished 40th after he was involved in a crash on the 81st of 200 laps. His best starting position in a part-time season was 18th at the Dover International Speedway, and his best finish was 22nd at the Milwaukee Mile. Lagasse originally was signed by Ganassi for the 2006 Busch Series season, and Dodge wanted to keep him in their camp so it moved him to a third Truck team at Bobby Hamilton Racing after Ganassi failed to secure sponsorship. He appeared in 10 races in 2006 for Hamilton, with a season-best 18th-place finish at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

In 2007 he made two Busch Series starts in the No. 41 Juicy Fruit Dodge for Chip Ganassi Racing, and he drove the No. 16 Truck for Xpress Motorsports at Dover, finishing 21st.

Lagasse drove the No. 20 Ford for JTG Racing in the first eight races of the 2008 Truck Series season; the No. 11 Toyota for 21 Nationwide Series races with CJM Racing in 2009, where he posted three top-10 finishes; and the No. 43 Nationwide Ford for 14 races for Baker Curb Racing in 2010, with a season-best eighth-place finish at Phoenix.

He drove his own SLR Chevrolets in 2012 and 2013, concentrating on both Nationwide Series races at the Daytona International Speedway and the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, before making two Nationwide starts in 2014 and 2015.

In 2017, Lagasse joined JGL Racing's No. 24 car at Daytona[4] and will also drive the No. 24 truck for GMS Racing in replacement of an ineligible Justin Haley.

Cancer survivor[edit]

In 2015, Lagasse had surgery for colon cancer. He used a bond with fellow-cancer patient Reece King, who fought a rare form of leukemia for three years. Both celebrated their remission by sharing the stage during driver introductions before the 2016 Subway Firecracker 250 Xfinity Series race at the Daytona International Speedway. Lagasse since has forged a relationship with Stand Up 2 Cancer.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Lagasse Jr. was born on January 31, 1981 in St. Augustine, Florida.[6] He attended St. Joseph Academy Catholic High School.[7] As a student, Lagasse Jr. played basketball before graduating with a Florida academic scholarship.[7] Afterward, he proceeded to pursue an associate's degree in at the University of Central Florida, while competing in local off-road and asphalt races on weekends.[7] He continued his education at Flagler College, where he pursued a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.[8][9] Lagasse Jr. graduated with honors from Flagler College in 2004, despite competing in the American Speed Association (ASA) National Touring Series.[7][9]

Lagasse Jr. is a spokesperson for Florida Department of Transportation's 'Alert Today Florida' campaign, which raises awareness about pedestrian and bicyclist safety.[10] In 2015, he established a 60-mile (97 km) charity bike event at Daytona International Speedway.[10] The event, called Champions Ride for Bicycle Safety, attracts professional bicyclists, NASCAR drivers, and triathletes to support the 'Alert Today Florida' campaign.[10] He is married to his wife Kelley, and has one daughter, who was born in 2015.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c http://www.teamslr.com/our-legacy/
  2. ^ Scott Lagasse Jr. Career Statistics
  3. ^ "St. Augustine planning board approves Lagasse racing headquarters on San Marco". The St. Augustine Record. October 7, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Scott Lagasse Jr. to Pilot No. 24 Toyota in Daytona for JGL Racing". JGL Racing. February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ Coble, Don (July 7, 2016). "St. Augustine NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse finds inspiration from young cancer survivor". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Scott Lagasse Jr.". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Driver Scott Lagasse, Jr.". Scouting.org. Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ Coble, Don (September 20, 2012). "St. Augustine's Lagasse Jr. ready for return to NASCAR". The St. Augustine Record. St. Augustine, FL. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  9. ^ a b "Racing Bio". ScottLagasse.com. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c "Scott Lagasse, Jr. & FDOT Bike Up For "Alert Today Florida"". West Orlando News. February 18, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 

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