Fireworks All Night For Lagasse Jr. In Daytona

(St. Augustine, Fla.) July 4, 2016

Nuts and Bolts:
Racing at his home track of Daytona International Speedway, Scott Lagasse Jr. and his Alert Today Florida/Florida Lottery/Beck, RWR Ford team fought hard for a Top-25 finish.

With many family, friends, and marketing partners in attendance for the race, Lagasse Jr. and the NASCAR Xfinity drivers put on one great show if you like plenty of action and accidents. With the cars running only inches apart from each other at speeds of over 180mph, any sudden movement could cause a wreck. Unfortunately, Lagasse Jr. was part of an early race accident, but his team worked furiously to repair the damage during a number of pit stops. The total team effort between driver, crew and spotter netted a hard fought 25th place finish.

“It is always an honor for me to increase awareness for Alert Today Florida in our bicycle and pedestrian safety initiatives on and off the track. We took advantage of multiple events this weekend to further that message to NASCAR fans and we welcomed a new partner to TeamSLR, Florida Lottery Bright Scholars Program. I am so grateful to be able to represent partners with positive messages that I truly am a part of and believe in like Alert Today Florida’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety and Florida Lottery ‘s Bright Scholars Program, which I am actually a product of. This program allowed me to attend four years of college with virtually no cost to me, what a great program,” said Scott Lagasse Jr.

Solid Run for Hometown Mesmer

Taking in all of the Daytona race action was a very special friend of Lagasse’s, Reece King, who made the trip down from Kentucky to support Lagasse, but also to celebrate a hard fought battle that reaches well beyond racing! The friendship between Reece & Scott Jr. began in 2009, when 8-year-old Reece met Scott Jr. and became his biggest fan. In 2012, Reece was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and Scott Jr. became Reece’s biggest cheerleader. After several years of intense chemotherapy treatments, armed with a determination to never give up, Reece completed his treatments in December and is now in remission. Reece certainly didn’t know he would be a star this weekend! To his surprise, he was given the opportunity to join Scott Jr. on stage for Driver Introductions and for a ride around the famed Daytona International Speedway waving a large checkered flag just before the start of the Subway Firecracker 250 to make his VICTORY Lap. This victory lap would symbolize Reece crossing the finish line with an end to his cancer treatments.

Push to Talk
“Reece is a really special young man. It was so cool to see him in the back of the truck waving the checkered flag! He is a terrific source of inspiration for everyone with his never give-up attitude, and his desire to help others. To know Reece, you only need to hear of his decision to give his ‘Make A Wish’ dream of a tree house, from Tree House Master Pete Nelson to another cancer patient. When Reece heard that he was chosen over other Cancer patients and that they would not receive a wish, he decided then to begin his mission called, ‘Reece’s Wish’ to raise $1 million to provide many wishes for others, wow! — Although many of you may not know, I was diagnosed with colon cancer in early 2015 and Reece was there along the way to support me. I didn’t want to make a big deal of my issues and how could I feel bad about my deal when a young man that has been through so much and gives so selfishly has set the example and the bar so high for us all.” – Scott Lagasse Jr.

On a mission to make a difference, Scott Jr. has partnered with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), the premier organization in the fight against cancer. Through this relationship, Scott will share his and others personal victory stories against cancer to increase awareness about the importance of cancer screening and will assist in raising funds for SU2C and their Dream Team of Scientist, Doctors and Researchers. Together the group hopes to provide a Victory Lap, like the one with Reece at Daytona, at many races beginning in 2017. This will be for people who have crossed their cancer finish line and as part of Scott Jr.’s overall awareness program.

“This was a challenging weekend for the RWR team, with no practice before the race and no chance to adjust the car and then early race damage. Everyone dug deep and our Alert Tonight, Florida Lottery car made it through to the end. Just like Reece, our team didn’t give up and we fought hard to get the best finish we could. I am looking forward to coming back to Daytona in February as we ramp up our program to full speed and I am grateful for all of our friends and supporters, especially our marketing partners Alert Today Florida, Florida Lottery and our many others. – Scott Lagasse Jr.

Stay connected with Scotty by following on Facebook and Twitter as we will be announcing races and events when they become available. Follow Scotty on Twitter: @scottlagasse and Facebook: /scottlagassejr.

About the Florida DOT:
The Florida Department of Transportation’s primary responsibility is to coordinate planning and development of a safe, viable, and balanced state transportation system serving all regions of the state, and to assure the compatibility of all components, including multimodal facilities. Florida’s transportation system includes roadway, air, rail, sea, spaceports, bus transit, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. For more information on the Florida Department of Transportation, please visit www.dot.state.fl.us. For more information on Florida’s Focused Initiative for pedestrian and bicycle safety, please visit www.alerttodayflorida.com.

About Scott Lagasse Jr.:
Scott Jr. has been winning races since the age of seven on motorcycles, karts, modifieds, NASCAR Late Models, ASA Series, ARCA, Dirt Late Models and more. Scott is now focused on winning at the top levels of NASCAR. For more information about Scott Lagasse Jr./ TeamSLR and The Boy Scouts of America NASCAR program, please visit teamslr.com. Keep up to date with Scotty by following him on Twitter: @scottlagasse FACEBOOK: /scottlagassejr

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