One of Richard Childress Racing’s other young drivers – Brian Scott – will make his first attempt to race in the Daytona 500 this year in a fourth RCR Chevrolet. Scott will run the No. 33 Shore Lodge Idaho Chevrolet with Nick Harrison, formerly of Phoenix Racing, as his crew chief. RCR announced the move via its Twitter feed on Tuesday.
Scott made a respectable NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway last October, qualifying 19th and finishing 27th. He’s been confirmed for a full-season NASCAR Nationwide Series effort with RCR.
This sets Scott up in a good position for 2015. A year ago, RCR employed the same strategy with Austin Dillon, running him in a fourth car at the Daytona 500 with other selected Cup starts along the way. Dillon went on to take the season title and advance into Cup full-time in the No. 3 Chevrolet, returning that iconic number to Cup for the first time since 2001.
If Scott continues to improve on the Nationwide side – he had his best season of his career in 2013 and came up just short of his elusive first victory – he could move into full-time Cup contention for the following season.
INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.
Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.
It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.
Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)