Lagasse Jr. Captures First Trans Am Series Victory
September 24, 2018
TEAM NEWS - The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli's Muscle Car Challenge at Virginia International Raceway was full of action this weekend, as Scott Lagasse Jr., won his first professional road race driving the Lawrence Equipment/ M1-Fastrack Chevy Camaro. Scott Jr., has won a lot of races throughout his career, driving all types of cars on dirt and asphalt, but all while turning left on oval tracks. He recently has had the opportunity to work on his road racing skills, and has quickly adapted.
As Scott Jr. recently showed in his first race at Watkins Glen, he would again surprise everyone by quickly learning the VIR 3.27 mile, 17 turn course, and qualifying on the pole by a scant 1/10th of a second.
From the drop of the green flag, Scott Jr. fought hard to take the lead into turn 1 and would lead until lap 5 when the brake pedal went soft, and caused Scott Jr. to slow and briefly slide off the track, allowing Tony Ave and Rafa Matos to slip by. Scott Jr. would work hard to catch up while managing the brakes, and gradually closing back up to Ave. On lap 10, he would overtake Ave, and set his sights on Matos. Lap 15 saw the yellow flag come out and a full course caution. On the restart, Scott Jr. would pass Rafa Matos for the lead and the three would race close together to the checkered flag. Scott Jr. edged out Tony Ave by .6 seconds earning his first career Trans Am Muscle Car victory.
"This is a big win for our team. We have all worked hard and we are learning what these cars like to make them go fast, and what I want from the car to be fast. The team felt we had a mission after qualifying on the pole at Watkins Glen in my first visit there a couple weeks ago, and then having a mechanical issue while leading. No reason why I couldn't learn this track quick enough and we could redeem ourselves," said Scott Jr.
Not previously a road racer by trade, Lagasse arrives at Trans Am a veteran of the stock car ranks with starts across NASCAR Xfinity, Trucks and ARCA - but help from his team and father, Scott Lagasse Sr., has seen him grow by leaps and bounds throughout the year.
"This is big for me. I'm not a road racer. I grew up around it watching my dad win everything there was and going everywhere, so to do this with him is special," he said. "He's such an asset; there are some guys who go fast, there are some who understand how to go fast... and then there are guys who can explain it and make guys better - my dad, he's for sure one of those. I'm impressed with what they've done here to have Terry Earwood and Dorsey Schroeder available for rookie drivers to lean on them and learn. They both have helped me a lot and I'm grateful," said Scott Jr.
"I am really proud for my teammate Chris Liesfeld with his performance of running inside the Top-10 for most the race. This is especially great for all of our partners: Lawrence Equipment, Bandit Industries, PersonalChefToGo.com, Jack Wilson Chevy, American Cancer Society/ SCREEN YOUR MACHINE™, Fight CRC, M1 Fabrication and Fields Racing," said Scott Jr.
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