Scott Lagasse Jr. Rides on Two Wheels for Safety then 4 Wheels for Cancer

(Daytona, Florida) February 16, 2018

Thursday Recap

NASCAR, Cycling Champs Celebrate Bike Safety at “Champions for Bicycle Safety Ride.”

On a foggy morning that burned off into a sunny day, Scott Lagasse Jr., Jimmie Johnson and about 60 other bicycle riders took part in the 4th Annual Champions for Bicycle Safety Ride.

NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse Jr., and a few friends who enjoy cycling, created the “Scott Lagasse Jr. Champions for Bicycle Safety Ride with the intention of humanizing bicyclists and creating awareness among motorists for cyclists on Florida roads. The ride is an invitation only event, and continues to gain popularity with NASCAR drivers and professional athletes committed to helping Lagasse’s mission to spread the message of cyclist safety on the roads nationwide.

TeamSLRWith an escort of 24 police officers from the Volusia County Sheriff Department, Daytona Beach Police Department and all St. Augustine police agencies, the ride began and ended in Daytona International Speedway’s Victory Lane. In between, riders cycled 45 fast paced miles through Tomoka Marsh State Aquatic Preserve and along the dunes of the Atlantic Ocean. Riders, which included NASCAR Drivers, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray, Daniel Suarez, Aric Almirola and Justin Allgaier as well as NASCAR EVP Steve Phelps. Professional triathletes and cyclists included Hawaii Ironman world champion Leanda Cave, cyclocross champion Tim Johnson, American Olympian triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker and fellow pro triathlete Alica Kaye.

TeamSLR “For me, it is very humbling to see everyone come out, and support the ‘Champions Ride.’ To be able to raise awareness and make an impact with the help of Alert Today Florida is special,” Lagasse said. “Each year, this ride keeps getting better, and it is with the help of some amazing people and groups: Alert Today Florida, People for Bikes, Jimmie Johnson, and Pro Tri Fit. I am excited and we are already planning next years event.”

Jimmie Johnson added, “This ride is one of the things I look forward to every year. Scott has done a great job working with the state of Florida to help raise awareness for cycling safety. Each year the ride grows in number and visibility, so it was great to be able to participate and help out in any way I can.”

For more information on Florida’s Focused Initiative for pedestrian and bicycle safety, please visit www.alerttodayflorida.com.

Friday Preview

TeamSLROn Friday, February 16, Lagasse will pilot the No. 20 SCREEN YOUR MACHINE™/ American Cancer Society/ Fight Colorectal Cancer/ Tyler Young’s Motorsports entry in the NEXTera Energy Resources 250. You can watch the exciting racing action live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 7:00p.m.

“I’m excited to race at Daytona International Speedway in the NEXTera Energy Resources 250 with Young’s Motorsports,” said Lagasse. “This weekend we are able to continue spreading the SCREEN YOUR MACHINE™ message, asking everyone over the age 50 to get screened for certain types of cancer. I’m excited to be working with the American Cancer Society and Fight CRC in this great cause.”

Tune In: Friday, February 16, 2018 Schedule

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying (single vehicle/two rounds): 4:30 p.m., FS1
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race Day: 7:00p.m.
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps, 250 miles) 7:30 p.m., FS1, Sirius XM Ch. 90

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About American Cancer Society:
The American Cancer Society is on a mission to save and celebrate lives while leading the fight for a world without cancer. Until this mission is accomplished, the American Cancer Society (cancer.org) will be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients and spreading the word about prevention. All so we can live longer – and better. Every day, thousands of cancer patients need a ride to their treatments. The Road to Recovery – a program organized by ACS – provided nearly 335,000 rides to treatment and other related appointments in 2016. You can donate to the Road to Recovery program by visiting cancer.org/screen.

About Fight Colorectal Cancer:
FightCRC.org is a national nonprofit advocacy organization fighting for a cure. It was founded in 2005 by Nancy Roach, a nationally-recognized patient advocate who witnessed the need for colorectal cancer advocacy after her mother-in-law’s diagnosis. The organization plays an important role in rallying colorectal cancer advocates to action. Fight CRC is known for activism and patient empowerment throughout patient, academic, political, scientific, medical and nonprofit communities. With a mission focused on advocacy, research, patient education and awareness, the organization serves advocates in every state of the U.S. and many others around the world. Fight CRC is a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator and 93 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to colorectal cancer programs. To learn more, visit FightCRC.org.

About Screen Your Machine™:
SCREEN YOUR MACHINE™ is Scott Lagasse Jr.’s personal and passionate quest to encourage people to be screened for all types of cancer. Scott is alive and healthy today, as a colon cancer survivor, because he got a check-up when he felt something “not quite right” with his body while training for a triathlon. Scott is an outspoken proponent for cancer screening and official ambassador for The American Cancer Society (cancer.org/screen) and Fight Colorectal Cancer ( FightCRC.org).

About Scott Lagasse Jr.:
Scott Jr. (Scotty) has been a driven individual from an early age, excelling in sports and as a high achiever in school, earning a college degree through the Bright Futures Scholar Program. Scotty’s commitment to excel in racing began at age 7 and includes winning races in motocross, karting, and many forms of auto racing. He is a mentor and role model to our younger generation, an avid cyclist and recognized advocate for Bicycle and Pedestrian safety. Please visit www.teamslr.com. Keep up to date with Scotty by following him on Twitter: @scottlagasse FACEBOOK: /scottlagassejr

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