Although he hasn’t had a full-time ride this year, 20-year-old Canadian rising star Scott Hargrove is seizing his opportunities when he’s had the chance.
The 2014 IMSA Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin champion has returned in a part-time role to the series this year in the No. 25 OpenRoad Racing Porsche, and secured his second and third wins of the year courtesy of a same-day sweep at Calabogie Motorsports Park on Sunday.
Hargrove, who also won his season debut on the streets of Toronto last month, won by 5.368 seconds after battles with Chris Green and Daniel Morad in Round 5, then won Round 6 under caution later in the day.
“Two wins today,” Hargrove said in a release. “It’s not often that you get to do two races in one day, and you kind of get the high from both of them in the same day. So that was fun. Great job to the OpenRoad Racing guys. Couldn’t be more thrilled with the results.”
Hargrove, who won the 2013 USF2000 championship and dovetailed the Porsche season with a runner-up finish in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires last year, has made a handful of open-wheel starts this year as well.
He did the season-opening doubleheader with 8Star Motorsports at St. Petersburg in Indy Lights, then made a weekend cameo at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis weekend back in Pro Mazda, with JDC Motorsports.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.