5th Annual Champions Ride for Bicycle Safety

(St. Augustine, FL) February 15, 2019

Top NASCAR drivers and crew, World Champion Triathletes, Olympians and Professional Cyclists rode 45 miles on Valentines Day to promote bicycle safety in the 5thAnnual “Champions Ride for Bicycle Safety.” The goal of the event is to humanize the cyclist and raise awareness with motorists and cyclists alike that Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident! Over 60 riders participated in the “Champions Ride for Bicycle Safety.

TeamSLR Riders enjoyed perfect Florida weather on their fast paced scenic ride that starts at Daytona International Speedway. The group rolled out at 9:30a.m. after gathering for photos and hugs. Many of the athletes from different disciplines only see one another once per year so the ride is a great time to catch up. Athletes and celebrities have joined in the unique ride that begins with a lap around the famed Daytona International Speedway, travels around Tomoka Marsh State Aquatic Preserve, and along the Atlantic Ocean as a scenic backdrop and back to the Speedway and Victory Lane.

TeamSLRScott Lagasse Jr. is a professional driver racing in NASCAR and the Trans Am Series and is a spokesperson for Alert Today Florida, a campaign launched in 2012 by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), to increase public awareness of pedestrian and bicyclist safety and to drive down traffic fatalities on Florida’s roadways.

“I’m thankful for everyone that came out today, Lagasse said. “This is our 5th year and I want to say a very special thanks to Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR President Steve Phelps, Jim Escobar and others who were part of launching this ride. Without their involvement, and commitment this event wouldn’t be what it is. Also, thank you to Alert Today Florida, who does so much to help make our roads safer and to humanize the cyclist. For me to be a part of this movement, is a great feeling!” said Lagasse

This years Riders included: NASCAR Drivers- Scott Lagasse Jr, Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, John Hunter Nemechek, Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, Olympian Professional Triathletes Jarrod Shoemaker and William Huffman, Professional Cyclists Tim Johnson, Christy Keely and Ben Renkema along with many more high-level athletes from around the country.

Lucky for Lagasse, many of his fellow drivers also share a passion for cycling and have been happy to use their names to help spread the word of bicycle safety in Florida.

“It’s been great bringing some big names from cycling, triathlon, and drivers and teams here,” seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson says.

“To watch Scott’s ride, grow has been pretty awesome. Not only do I see this being effective here, I see it on a national scale; rides like this are working. I’ve been watching cycling infrastructure change at my home in Charlotte in my own backyard, and in places like Daytona.”

Fellow NASCAR Cup driver Aric Almirola echoes the sentiment. “I love riding my bike, so any excuse to ride is great. To come and support Scott and see it grow every year is a big deal for me. We all love to ride and stay in shape, but at times, with drivers being distracted or just not being patient with cyclists, situations can be dangerous. So it’s nice to go out and promote sharing the road.

DAYTONA NASCAR Xfinity Series Preview

Scotty will be racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, in the #4 Rimrock Devlin/ JD Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro! Below is the on-track schedule for the NASCAR Xfinity Series.Rimrock Devlin, a commercial developer based out of Jacksonville, FL, and is a nationally recognized commercial real estate development services firm built on the core values of respect, accountability, integrity, service, and excellence.

February 15, 2019

- Noon, NASCAR Xfinity Series practice, FS1/FOX Sports GO (Canada: TSN App)
- 1 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 practice, FS1/FOX Sports GO (Canada: TSN2)
- 2 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice, FS1/FOX Sports GO (Canada: TSN App)

February 16, 2019

- 9:30 a.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying, FS1/FOX Sports GO (Canada: TSN App)
- 2 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1/FOX Sports GO
- 2:30 p.m., Xfinity Series NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona, FS1/FOX Sports GO (Canada: TSN3)


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

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 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).

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