Racing Bio

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. This impressive feat made Scott the youngest driver to win a Modified race at St. Augustine Speedway.

Scott, Sr. 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 Division, 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 heleft 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.

‘‘The Big Break’’ – In the summer of 2004, Scott’s phone rang several times from perspective big league teams interested in his talent and potential. 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 Nationwide 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 Craftsman 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 Nationwide 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.

2010 – Scott talks with Tony Stewart before Nationwide race. Scott finished 6th in the race.

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!