Scott Lagasse Jr.

Scott Lagasse Jr. (known as “Scotty” to those closest to him) was born and raised in St. Augustine, Florida. Growing up in an early 1900’s historic home near the beach in the Nation’s Oldest City, sparked his interest and passion for the ocean. He attended high school at St. Joseph’s Academy where he played basketball and graduated with a Florida Academic Scholarship. Scott went on to graduate with his Associates Degree from the University of Central Florida while racing dirt and asphalt cars on the weekends for Scott Nelson.

So he could focus on transitioning to the professional levels of the sport, he decided to make the transfer to Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. The move proved to be successful, as he graduated with honors earning his Bachelors in Business Administration and continued his winning ways on the racetrack.

Scott currently splits his time between St. Augustine, FL and Davidson, NC. Although extremely self-driven and an intense competitor, Scott manages to enjoy his limited free time to the fullest. When not racing he enjoys surfing, wakeboarding, fishing, basketball and hanging out with his friends and family.

Scott Lagasse Jr. is beginning to be recognized as one of the Sports Future Talents and has caught the attention of race teams, racers, spectators, and companies interested in the sport.

Scott Jr. began his motorized adventures at the tender age of four riding around the paddocks of motocross tracks on a three wheeler watching Dad compete.

Scott began competing in motocross at age 7, followed by race karts – winning in both consistently. Scott completed his karting by capturing the1997 Stock Lite Championship. Throughout these years, Scott spent more than a few hours around auto racing helping his Dad and dreaming about race cars. His carrot was to excel in school and help build and maintain his own equipment and Dad would help him race.

1998- Scott entered his first auto race at age 15, driving his Dad’s NASCAR Florida Modified car. With 535hp (525 more than his karts) and 2500 lbs verses his kart at 320 lbs. Scott surprised everyone by not only being competitive, but he captured the pole, led every lap and won his very first race. Scott Lagasse Jr.This impressive feat made Scott the youngest driver to win a Modified race at St. Augustine Speedway.
Scott, Jr. never got the chance to race the Modified again. That first win was only the beginning as Scott compiled a .500 win percentage throughout 1998.

In 1999, Scott raced a Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the Sportsman Scott Lagasse JrDivision, quickly becoming the guy to beat. At mid-season, engine builder Marv Palmer offered Scott an opportunity to step into the top division, NASCAR Late Model. Immediately Scott began his domination in the division by qualifying on the pole not only in his first race but in all seven events that season winning five out of those seven against some of the best short track racers in the state of Florida. Scott Jr. capped off his 1999 season winning the TOP GUN Challenge Championship.

In 2000, Scott acquired a nine yr. old Late Model chassis, updated it and competed in a limited schedule in the Late Model Division. Scott’s return reminded the competition just how tough the remainder of the season was going to be by sitting on the pole nine of eleven events, and winning five. Scott had completed what anyone would call ‘‘A Great Season’’.

In 2001 after picking up where he left off, Scott decided to place his sights on winning the Late Model Championship before moving on to the next step. From the opening night, Scott dominated the Late Model Division in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo winning eleven races in fifteen starts and capturing the 2001 Late Model Championship.

2002-With goals and aspirations of making it to the top of the sport, Scott’s plan included an extensive physical/mental training program designed by HPI (Human Performance Institute), a company known for their work with world class athletes from many sports. Scott’s on-track development included a variety of races including dirt races, late model asphalt and shifter kart road course events which was used to add depth to his racing skills. He showed everyone that he was capable by winning in all three.

In 2003, Scott stepped up into the ASA (American Speed Association) Series on a six race limited schedule, Scott Jr. impressed many as he lead and challenged for the win in his first race of the season finishing a respectable 4th. Scott’s results were impressive with four top 10 and two top 5 finishes.

Sponsor shortage in 2004 dashed Scott’s hopes for contending for ASA Rookie honors. The team was able to run six races of the twenty. Scott picked up where he left off in ’03 with three top 10 and three top 5 finishes including a pole at IRP and a win at Kentucky Int’l Speedway.

Lorin Ranier of Chip Ganassi Racing (son of well-known team owner Harry Rainer) got Scott’s attention. Lorin’s successful history of recognizing and developing talent such as Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, and Reed Sorenson solidified Scott’s decision – he’d sign with Ganssi Racing. With 18 hours of college remaining, Scott chose to graduate from college then make the move to Charlotte.

2005 was Scott’s first year in the Chip Ganassi Racing Driver Development Program. He gained valuable knowledge observing the Ganassi Cup programs, testing for Ganassi Racing and competing in five NASCAR Xfinity Series Races for Fitz/Bradshaw racing. Scott also competed in some Limited Sportsman Dirt Races at Golden Isles Speedway Ga., and Volusia County Speedway FL.

2006- To gain experience Scott competed in select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events for Dodge piloting the third Truck for Bobby Hamilton Racing. He also competed in select Arca Re/Max Series races for Cunningham MotorSports.

2007- Competed in two NASCAR Xfinity Series races qualifying 10th at Milwaukee and 12th at O’reilly Raceway Park. Scott also competed in four ARCA Re/Max Series events with four top 10’s, three top 5’s and a dominating victory at Kansas Speedway.

2008- Races included Dirt events in the Southeast with multiple wins. Scott also ran a limited # of NASCAR Truck Series races for the Woods Brothers/JTG Racing group. Billy Venturinni asked Scott to fill in for the ARCA/RE-Max Race at Chicagoland where the duo partnered for a big win.

2009- Scott Jr. was hired to drive #11 Incredible Pizza car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. This was his rookie season, solid top ten in points before team finances required the team to begin using drivers that could provide financial assistance.

2010- Scott Jr. was hired by BCR and climbed to top ten in points in the NASCAR Xfinity Series before financial problems forced the team to close the doors on the 2 car operation permanently.
Scott sat down for another strategy meeting with John Bickford midyear to discuss the future and came away more determined than ever to succeed. Per John’s direction Scott went to work on his business plan and his mission to grow TeamSLR into the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

2011- Scott Jr. raced and won consistently in the Southeast on Dirt while expanding his TeamSLR Driver Development team & assembling his NASCAR Xfinity Series Program.

2012- Scott Jr. returned to the Xfinity Series with his own Team and partnering with the Boy Scouts of America for 3 races late in the season.

2013- Scott Jr and TeamSLR competed in a number of series including the NASCAR Xfinity, ARCA and National Dirt Late Model Series. Scott Jr. and TeamSLR also spent time off the track participating in opportunities like the Boy Scouts of America 2013 National Jamboree where they successfully implemented their STEM Program that focused on Scouts building Scott Jr.’s National Late Model race car. Scott Jr. later raced his Scout Built car, named “Lightning”, around the Southeast winning National level races such as the 16th Annual Showdown at Savannah.

2014- Scott Lagasse Jr. competed in three NASCAR Xfinity Series events during the 2014 season. When Lagasse was not racing in NASCAR, he was racing his Scout Built Dirt Late Model at tracks around the southeast. Lagasse and TeamSLR won multiple races at Volusia Speedway Park. Away from the track, Lagasse and TeamSLR participated in over 50 events across the country.

2015- Scotty competed in select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series races. He earned a career best 3rd place finish at Daytona in the NCWTS race in February. He also earned two more top-10 finishes at Kansas and Charlotte. Lagasse also competed in dirt late model races at Volusia Speedway. East Bay Raceway Park, and Oglethorpe Park in “Lightning.”

2016- Scott Lagasse and TeamSLR opened up the NASCAR season with a Top-10 finish at Daytona in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. During the 2016 season, Lagasse raced part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and Trans Am Series. Away from the track, Scotty became an advocate for cancer screening. He began his mission of “Screen Your Machine,” in hopes of getting people screened to help prevent cancer.

Scott’s ‘‘on track’’ determination is equaled by his ‘‘off track’’ commitment to school earning a full Academic College Scholarship. Scott graduated in 2004 from Flagler College with Honors and a Bachelors Degree in Business/Finance.

Those who have kept up with how well Scott’s career has progressed over the years probably wonder where all those important driving and communication skills came from. Well, Scott Sr. won three Sports Car National Championships, set three FIA World Land Endurance Speed records, nine international Class records and has proven himself a highly competitive driver, instructor and manager in many types of racing including NASCAR, ASA, SCCA, ARCA and IMSA. Scott Jr is a focused individual that earns respect from everyone he races with for his work ethic, knowledge of the mechanical side of the sport and all around nice guy who loves working with and helping kids. Nice Guys can Finish First!

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