LAGASSE JR KICKS OFF "SCREEN YOUR MACHINE" IN SEBRING
March 7, 2017
TEAM RELEASE - ST. AUGUSTINE, FL- MARCH 6, 2017
Nuts and Bolts
Scott Lagasse Jr. capped off an exciting "Speedweeks" at Daytona with top 10 finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series races. Followed by the announcement that he will drive the No. 3 NASCAR Xfinity Series car for Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in four races later this season. This weekend, Scott Jr. and team kicked off his personal campaign of "SCREEN YOUR MACHINE" at Sebring International Raceway in the Trans Am Series.
Scott Lagasse Jr. is recognized as one of the most dedicated and determined racers in the country, and hard work is all he knows. Scotty, as his friends call him, had a personal fight with cancer that has motivated him to speak out loudly, and this is the inspiration for the "SCREEN YOUR MACHINE" campaign. "I can't ignore this opportunity and my responsibility to help others. For me, it is simple, when people get screened, lives are saved. That knowledge is powerful and life changing for me. I didn't realize how important this is, but now that I know, I will work to help make a difference."
Throughout this past weekend, Lagasse and the TeamSLR crew were busy in Sebring, Florida for the season opening Trans Am 2 Series race, where the team overcame some challenges for a solid 8th place finish in the "SCREEN YOUR MACHINE" Chevy Camaro. With so much focus on Daytona racing and marketing events, Scott Jr. and team weren't able to take advantage of testing with the newly released Pirelli radial tire for this season. "We were a little behind all weekend on setup for the new tire, and combined with a fuel pump issue in qualifying we had to settle for starting 14th. We felt pretty confident that we were capable of climbing our way forward in the race," said Scott Jr.
As the green flag flew to begin the Trans Am season, Lagasse wasted no time in
racing up into the Top-10. With lots of hard racing throughout the field a significant crash occurred behind Scott Jr. resulting in a lengthy caution which turned into a red flag, halting the race for an extended period. The race was restarted for a final 3 laps allowing Scott Jr. to gain a couple more positions to finish out the weekend with a hard fought 8th place.
Push to Talk
"This weekend was long, but a lot of fun. The crew guys worked on the car extremely hard throughout, making sure our Camaro was the best it could be. The series has a good group of racers, and I'm learning a lot about road racing. Great cars to drive and it takes discipline to run fast consistently. I really like the challenge and can't wait to race again."
"Truly, equally important for me is using this opportunity to tell people about "SCREEN YOUR MACHINE." This is our official launch and people will be hearing more and more about our efforts to support organizations like Fight CRC & Stand Up To Cancer who do so much to save lives. Our new website is coming together to help simplify and steer people in the right direction to get screened. It's what I'm about. I wouldn't be racing if I didn't catch my cancer early. Just like I know when my race car needs to be looked at and fixed, you need to know your body well enough to get screened if you sense anything out of the ordinary. And if you're over 50, it is time to "SCREEN YOUR MACHINE" whether you feel anything new or not. The earlier you catch cancer, the better chance you have to survive and spend time doing what you love."
About Fight Colorectal Cancer:
Fight CRC 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 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. Recently, Scotty launched a mission with a focus of saving lives because of his recent fight with cancer. Scotty decided to speak out, and he is now an advocate for FightCRC, and an Ambassador for Stand Up 2 Cancer. He has created his own message as well, "Screen Your Machine." Scott Jr. is combining his passion for saving lives with his goal of winning races. Using his platform as a professional racecar driver, Scott will strive to motivate people everywhere to be screened for cancer of all types. please visit www.teamslr.com. Keep up to date with Scotty by following him on Twitter: @scottlagasse FACEBOOK: /scottlagassejr