Scott Lagasse Jr., driver of the No. 8 Hybridlight/Boy Scouts of America Chevrolet, will return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kansas Speedway this Saturday in the Kansas Lottery 300. He will also be making an impact in the local community with a grand entrance at St. Patrick's Elementary School and a visit to 1000 Boy Scouts at nearby Camp Nash.
"Friday is going to be a great day for us," said Lagasse Jr. "I start the day out by driving a local Cub Scout who is also a huge NASCAR fan to school in the No. 8 Hybridlight/BSA race car to speak at an assembly with his class about the BSA Hybridlight race program. Then I head to the track where I look forward to getting back into the racecar with the leadership of Brad Parrott for practice at Kansas Speedway.
"After practice, we'll head up the street to Cabela's where we'll have the show car and I'll sign some autographs on behalf of Hybridlight. Then I'm really excited to go visit with the Boy Scouts out at Camp Nash. I'm sure I'll be ready for some good Kansas City barbecue at the end of the day."
Hybridlight and The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) made their debut with Lagasse in September at Kentucky Speedway where a tire issue relegated the team to a 26th-place finish. With a technical alliance with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) Scott Lagasse Jr. and TeamSLR will continue their transition into the Nationwide Series. Hybridlight/BSA's next stop will be at the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway paving the way for a minimum 15-race schedule with Lagasse in 2013 and full NASCAR Nationwide Series support in 2014 and 2015.
"We are so proud to have sponsors that reflect the types of things that have always made America great and what will continue to make America great as we continue to move toward greener solutions for our planet," said Lagasse.
"The Boy Scouts are truly Americana and a way for young boys to learn valuable life skills and really keeping kids on the right path," Lagasse continued. "For me, that happened through my involvement as a Scout, the commitment to racing and working extremely hard and never giving up to be where I am today. I can relate to these youngsters who have their whole futures ahead of them.
"And Hybridlight's patented Solar and LED technology which replaces the need for batteries that clog our landfills is the wave of the future and sustainability. I'm so proud to have such meaningful marketing partners and we hope to make them as proud as they've already made us.
Lagasse's previous success at the 1.5-mile track includes a thrilling victory in 2007 in the ARCA series. However, the track will be like new to all drivers as it will be the first race on the track's new surface following repaving.
"We're working on getting up to speed with three races this year in anticipation of coming out strong next year, and we look forward to racing on the new surface at Kansas," said Lagasse. "The new surface should help level the playing field a bit and we're looking forward to Saturday's race. Our honorary pit crew members are local Eagle Scout Ryan Richardson and his dad so we hope to make it a memorable event for them."