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The standard corridor of famer finds his or her solution to the last word fame in a sport effectively after they’ve retired.

Sports activities-car veteran Scott Pruett, 57, is something however your typical corridor of famer. So, after his induction into the Motorsports Corridor of Fame of America Wednesday evening in Daytona Seashore, Florida, Pruett will hop a flight very first thing Thursday morning to Watkins Glen, New York, and on Sunday, he’ll race the No. 14 3GT Racing Lexus RC F GT3 within the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

Remarkably, that is Pruett’s second Corridor of Fame induction in per week. On June 22, the California native was enshrined within the West Coast Inventory Automotive Corridor of Fame alongside off-road legend Walker Evans; NASCAR group homeowners Michael Gaughan and Gene Value; pioneer modified stock-car champion Frank Secrist, announcer-publicist Kenny Takeuchi. and the late Motorbike and Indianapolis automotive champion Joe Leonard in a ceremony on the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, as a part of the buildup to final Sunday’s Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection occasion at Sonoma Raceway.

“It’s very distinctive,” Pruett mentioned. “Final week, I used to be in Northern California getting inducted into the Inventory Automotive Corridor of Fame, so these two weeks are completely loopy as we gear up for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

“I’m taking a second to mirror. The great Lord has blessed me with this unbelievable profession. I began racing go-karts in ’68 and yearly since then. It’s been humbling. It’s fairly an honor. If you see the folks which have been inducted into the Inventory Automotive Corridor of Fame and now the Motorsports Corridor of Fame — and now I’m a part of that — it’s actually one thing particular.”

Wednesday night, Pruett is one in all seven racers being inducted into the Motorsports Corridor of Fame of America in a ceremony at The Shores Resort & Spa. The opposite honorees are World of Outlaws legend Steve Kinser, bike racer Dick Klamfoth ––the first three-time winner of the Daytona 200, two-time Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection champions Terry Labonte and Herb Thomas, drag racing and land-speed file pioneer Paula Murphy and automotive journalist Brock Yates.

Pruett and fellow IndyCar veteran Sage Karam will group up for a Lexus effort at Watkins Glen this weekend. Picture by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC

The Motorsports Corridor of Fame of America relocated from suburban Detroit to Daytona Seashore final 12 months, simply outdoors the entrance stretch at Daytona Worldwide Speedway. It’s a becoming location for Pruett, particularly, as he’s one in all solely two drivers with 5 general victories within the Rolex 24 at Daytona and is the race’s all-time chief with 10 class wins. His sports-car profession features a file 60 victories — together with two wins within the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring — and 7 IMSA championships along with three SCCA Trans-Am titles.
“What’s fascinating is I did Indy automobiles for 10 years,” Pruett mentioned. “I did NASCAR for a few years and on and off for fairly a number of years, however persons are going to recollect me for sports activities automobiles.
“I imply, I had some nice races in Indy automobiles. The Michigan 500 we received, Australia was simply nice, however when folks consider Scott Pruett, they’re going to think about sports activities automobiles. That’s the place I began my profession with Ford and Roush again in ’86 and all of the championships we received collectively between Ford and Lincoln-Mercury, then with Chevrolet within the mid-‘90s, then again with Lexus, then BMW, then Ford and now again to Lexus. It’s simply been an unbelievable journey.”
The journey continues this weekend on the legendary three.Four-mile Watkins Glen Worldwide circuit. Pruett will share the No. 14 Lexus with full-season co-driver Sage Karam and endurance specialist Austin Cindric within the GT Daytona (GTD) class. There are 17 GTD entries for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, together with the pair of Lexus machines competing within the collection for the primary time this 12 months.
“We had a strong take a look at at The Glen,” Pruett mentioned. “Progress is rarely quick sufficient, particularly for racers, however should you look, once we began out the season, we have been hopeful to qualify within the prime 15. Then, we’re prime 10, after which we’re qualifying prime 5.
“We’re racing prime 15 and eager to get to the checkered flag, then we’re racing prime 10. We have been knocking on the door at Detroit. We have been racing the blokes in entrance of us, not holding off the blokes behind us. There’s an enormous transfer ahead.”

As Pruett continues to look ahead, he’s permitting himself a number of moments to look again on an impressive profession filled with accomplishments tonight.

“(I’m) proud; honored,” he mentioned. “So lucky and blessed. It’s loopy as a result of after I go searching on the West Coast Corridor of Fame and I go searching right here, I hate to say you take a look at the age of all these guys round you, not to mention the unlucky ones who’ve already handed away, it’s actually one thing that — I feel you’re going to recollect it for lots of years anyway, however doing it when you’re nonetheless racing is much more particular.”

The race is the sixth spherical of the 2017 WeatherTech Championship and the third spherical of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. Will probably be televised dwell on FS1 starting at 10 a.m. ET, with persevering with protection on FS2 beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Fox Sports activities GO will stream the race in its entirety with FS1 authentication for U.S. viewers.

Internationally, a livestream of the race can be out there on IMSA.com. As well as, IMSA Radio will present full protection by way of IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio.

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