Wendell Scott only won one race in his entire career. But that one victory is as important as any other in the history of NASCAR.
Scott became the first African-American to win a NASCAR premier series event on Dec. 1, 1963 at Jacksonville (Fla.) Speedway Park. It was the ultimate highlight of a successful career that saw him forge ahead during a time where society was still heavily segregated.
Having to make do on a small budget, Scott juggled the responsibilities of owning, driving, and preparing his own machines. He still put up 147 Top-10 finishes in 495 career starts, and also finished within the Top-10 of the championship standings four times.
And according to his son, Wendell Scott Jr., he knew that one day, he would be given his due.
“He knew his talent. You have to know who you are to be who you are,” Wendell Jr. said to NASCAR AMERICA’s Marty Snider at tonight’s NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony – where Wendell Sr. will enter the Hall as part of the Class of 2015.
“We used to be at the shop, getting the race car ready to travel all over the country. And sometimes, somebody would come by and doubt us – ‘I don’t know why you’re doing all that work’ – and Daddy would say, ‘They’re gonna write books and make movies about me.’ And they’ve done that.
“We maximized what we had, worked hard – my brother, my Dad and I, we did the work of ten men – but it’s paid off today.”
For more of Wendell Jr.’s thoughts on his father’s induction tonight, check out the full interview above.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.