Like a good Scout, Scott Lagasse does a great deed, even though illness knocked him out of race

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You can’t help but feel for race car driver Scott Lagasse Jr., who leading up to last Saturday’s season-ending Nationwide Series race, experienced a great high and subsequent frustrating low.

The St. Augustine, Florida native was all set to make his much-anticipated debut for Richard Childress Racing in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Unfortunately, Lagasse came down with a case of food poisoning the same day he was supposed to be behind the wheel of the No. 33 Alert Today Florida / Boy Scouts of America Chevrolet Camaro and was forced to miss the race later that day.

Sprint Cup veteran Paul Menard filled in for Lagasse and did an admirable job, finishing 12th.

I hate it for Scott (Lagasse) that he got sick, but hope he’s feeling better soon,” Menard said.

But Lagasse did get some well-deserved attention two days earlier when he gave a special ride to a special young man.

According to Boys’ Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America, Lagasse played chauffeur to Cub Scout Caleb Sowinski, giving him a ride to school in Homestead, Fla., in that same No. 33 race car.

Several hundred students cheered the police-escorted procession as it approached the school by chanting 7-year-old Caleb’s name (see video).

Lagasse, a former Boy Scout himself, has had a long-standing relationship with the organization, and the ride for Sowinski was in recognition of his efforts as a Scout.

“I believe heavily in (Scouting),” Lagasse told Boys’ Life. “So to spend a few hours and do something fun with it is not a hard decision to make at all.”

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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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