Lagasse Jr. completes memorable NASCAR week at Daytona For Alert Today Alive Tomorrow, Florida Lottery

(Daytona Beach, Fla.) February 27, 2017

A seventh-place finish in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race put Scott Lagasse Jr. and the Alert Today Alive Tomorrow message on the big stage. It also created multiple opportunities for Scott to share the Florida Lottery Bright Futures Scholarship message.

A sixth-place finish a day later in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at the Daytona International Speedway continued to drive the important message home.

Lagasse drives the Alert Today Florida/Florida Lottery truck around DaytonaBut it was an early morning bicycle ride with 45 other racing stars, celebrities and athletes to bring awareness to cycling and pedestrian safety that left a lasting-impression on the 36-year-old driver from St. Augustine, Fla.

“We had a great week, no doubt,” Lagasse said. “The race finishes certainly were important, especially for Alert Today Alive Tomorrow and the Florida Lottery. One seventh- and one sixth-place finish was a big accomplishment. But the most important thing we accomplished in Daytona was to increase awareness about bicycle and pedestrian safety. I’ve been coming to this racetrack for most of my life, but I left this time with one of my fondest memories. This year we conducted our third annual Champions Ride for Bicycle Safety. The ride, especially since it started in the rain, was humbling. To see so many other celebrity cyclists come out to support such an important message is something I will never forget.”

Lagasse’s Champions Ride for Bicycle Safety started three years ago with the intention of humanizing bicyclists. The ride, continues to gain popularity and many NASCAR drivers and professional athletes now are committed to helping Lagasse spread the safety message.

NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola and Jamie McMurray joined former Olympians Jarrod Shoemaker and Dirk Bockel, 2012 Hawaii Ironman World Champion Leanda Cave and American Olympic-distance pro Kaitlin Donner in the 45-mile ride early Sunday morning even though Saturday night’s Clash exhibition race had been was being postponed due to rain until later that morning.

Lagasse climbs from his Alert Today Florida/Florida Lottery truck The cyclists left the speedway around 7:30AM on a ride that took them around the Tomoka Marsh State Aquatic Preserve then south along Ocean Shore Boulevard with the Atlantic Ocean as a scenic backdrop on their way back to Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway.

“We had asuccessful weekend both on and off the track” Lagasse said, “our goal? To increase awareness and save lives, because Every Life Counts!”

“I loved that Daytona Speedway aired my ‘Just Imagine’ Florida Lottery Bright Futures Public Service Announcement on the big screens to all the fans during the pre-race activities. It’s great having Florida Lottery on board. They made my college education possible and they add significant value to our program.”

This was a week that Scott Lagasse Jr. won’t ever forget.

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. Follow on Twitter: @AlertTodayFL and Facebook: /AlertTodayFlorida.

About the Florida Lottery:
The Florida Lottery’s mission is to maximize revenues for the enhancement of public education in Florida. In fiscal year 2014-2015, the Florida Lottery transferred $1.5 billion to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund. The Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which is primarily funded by the Florida Lottery, was created in 1997 by the Florida Legislature to assist students in pursuing postsecondary educational and career goals. Since the program’s inception, the Florida Lottery has contributed more than $4.85 billion to send more than 725,000 students to college.

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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