NASCAR: Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott to be honored next month at M’Ville

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Sprint Cup squad Front Row Motorsports and Camping World Truck Series squad Kyle Busch Motorsports have revealed special paint schemes and number changes to honor NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott during the NASCAR weekend at Martinsville Speedway from Oct. 24-26.

Scott, who passed away in 1990 and was the first African-American to win a NASCAR premier series race, is part of the HoF’s Class of 2015. He’ll be inducted alongside Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Joe Weatherly, and Rex White.

David Ragan’s No. 34 FRM Ford Fusion will take on a throwback blue and white paint scheme reminiscent of the car that Scott won in on Dec. 1, 1963 (Jacksonville, Florida). That win was Scott’s first premier series triumph.

You can see the resemblance between Scott’s original No. 34 and the No. 34 that Ragan will drive next month:

“It’s going to be cool to honor Wendell Scott at his home track with his family,” Ragan said in a statement. “I got to drive a tribute scheme for Ned Jarrett a while back, and it’s a tribute to the history of our sport that I get to honor Mr. Scott as an inductee, the last driver to win in the No. 34 before I did [Talladega 2013].

“I’m a fan of our sport’s history and have a real appreciation for it, so it’s special to be able to bring that paint scheme back for a weekend.”

Additionally, Darrell Wallace Jr. will flip the number of his Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra from No. 54 to No. 34 in honor of Scott. Last year at Martinsville, Wallace became the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series event since Scott.

“I got my first win at Martinsville and the historical significance of that win and to be so close to Wendell Scott’s hometown was a really cool bonus to getting my first win,” Wallace said. “The Scott family has followed my career since I ran the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program for Rev Racing and I’ve kept a relationship with the family over the years.

“Thanks to Joe Gibbs Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota and NASCAR for allowing me to run the No. 34 at Martinsville. I’m pumped to get back there and hope to get another victory.”

The release also states that members of Scott’s family will be in attendance during the Martinsville weekend and take part in question-and-answer sessions for fans.

Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.

Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.

“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.” 

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.

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