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NASCAR

Scott Lagasse Jr. making a return to the Nationwide Series

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

After a two year hiatus from NASCAR, Scott Lagasse Jr., is making his return this weekend at the Kentucky Speedway.

Scott Lagasse Jr. hails from St. Augustine, Fl, just over 55 miles north of the Daytona International Speedway. He’s had some respectable opportunities within the sport to make a name for himself since he first entered the sport in 2005.

Lagasse is now starting his own team, Scott Lagasse Racing. His father, Scott Lagasse Sr., will be assisting his son as he will serve as the team’s president. lagasse Sr. also has experience racing in the highest level of stock car racing.

From 1993 until 1999, Lagasse Sr. drove in the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, as well as Camping World Truck Series. He made a return to racing in 2003 where he drove in the Rolex Sports Car Series for Heritage Motorsports in the GT class, winning a race at Watkins Glen.

More importantly, unlike most start-up teams, SLR has several sponsors lined up for this year as well as a full schedule in 2013.

Lagasse will adorn familiar colors to fans that remember the team owned by Brian Mullet in 2008 and 2009. Incredible Pizza has signed on to be a long-term deal with the new team, including a driver development deal with the organization.

Besides Incredible Pizza, the team has signed the Boy Scouts of America as well as Hybridlight.com to long-term deals as well. This should help provide the team enough funding to run the full-season next year, even though it is unknown if the deals include primary or associate sponsorship’s for the majority of the races.

SLR will be run out of a shop in Lagasse’s hometown in St. Augustine, Fl where they will run the team out of the Northeast Florida Regional Airport. They will receive their cars from Tommy Baldwin Racing in a technical alliance with that team as they will be building the cars in their North Carolina shop. The alliance also includes an engine package provided by Richard Childress Racing.