Scott Lagasse Jr. Returns to Daytona International Speedway with Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow
The St. Augustine, Florida-native has been busy racing and winning in his dirt Super Late Model Car and will look to finish ahead of the field after 250 miles in his return to one of NASCAR’s largest and most exciting tracks. Lagasse Jr. will be paired with veteran crew chief Chris Rice, who boasts a near-perfect lap completion record (99.5%) at the famed superspeedway, as well as a best finish of third.
In addition to his hard work on the track, Lagasse Jr. would like to raise awareness about an initiative close to his heart, keeping Floridians safe. And he wants to remind everyone that ‘Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident.’
The ‘Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow’ initiative began in 2011 with the goal of increasing awareness and decreasing crashes, injuries and fatalities of bicyclists and pedestrians in the state of Florida. As part of the Florida DOT’s focused initiative, the ‘Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow’ campaign is being presented via television, radio, social media, transit advertising, and through local education and enforcement activities. The message that ‘Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident’ is a reminder for all roadway users to pay attention and follow the rules of the road.
Specific tips for reducing pedestrian and bicycle fatalities include:
Pedestrians: Always use the crosswalk and look both ways before crossing.
Motorists: Stop before turning right on red and always yield to pedestrians.
Bicyclists: Make yourself visible and always signal your intentions so drivers know what to expect.
Everyone: Pay attention to the road, every time, every trip.
“Driving the Alert Today Alive Tomorrow Car at Daytona is a great opportunity for TeamSLR to partner with FDOT & RAB,” said driver Scott Lagasse Jr. “I am always excited to race at Daytona, this is home for me. We all worked well together in February and I am excited for the opportunity to work with Chris Rice and RAB. Our car was really fast in the draft, but unfortunately that changed on pit road. We look forward to a great race and improving on our finish earlier this year.”
“This Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Campaign really hits home with me. I am an avid bicyclist myself, and to see this effort to make Florida a better state to be a cyclist or pedestrian is great. Please join me in making a difference,” stated Scott Jr.
The Boy Scouts of America continue to play a significant role in Scott Lagasse Jr’s race program and are a perfect fit as a partner with the FDOT Safety message. The BSA and Lagasse Jr. have been successfully providing unique opportunities for Scouts through motorsports for the past 2 years and continue to expand the relationship and positive impact for all.
NASCAR Nationwide Series practice can be seen on Fox Sports 1 at 2:30p.m. EST. and 5:30p.m. EST., on Thursday, July 3. Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be aired on Fox Sports 1 at 3:00p.m. EST. on Friday, July 4. The Subway Firecracker 250 will be aired live on ESPN2 Friday, July 4th at 7:00 p.m. EST. and broadcast on MRN.
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 The Boy Scouts of America:
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes – and, through over a century of experience, knows – that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society. The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of almost 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and 1 million volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.
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 www.teamslr.com. Keep up to date with Scotty by following him on Twitter@scottlagasse FACEBOOK/scottlagassejr