Former NASCAR team owner Harry Scott Jr. passed away Wednesday at the age of 51.
A statement from the family read as follows:
"We are shocked and saddened to confirm that Harry Scott Jr. passed away yesterday, August 2, 2017. Harry will be remembered as a loving family man and successful business owner. We ask that everyone please keep Harry’s smile, generosity and essential kindness in your thoughts and prayers. Details about funeral services will be announced when they are finalized.”
NASCAR also has issued a statement, expressing its condolences:
"Harry Scott Jr. possessed an endless passion for racing. Owning cars in the national series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, his crowning achievements were his K&N Pro Series East championships. The sport was proud to have Harry as our champion owner during that storybook era. NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to his family and friends."
In 2013, Scott began his NASCAR efforts as co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports with Steve Turner. They fielded entries in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. Later that season, Scott agreed to purchase the assets of Phoenix Racing, a single-car entity competing in the Sprint Cup (now Monster Energy) Series.
Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett and Clint Bowyer were among the competitors who drove for the team from 2014-16, which was renamed HScott Motorsports. At one time, Scott had ownership ties to eight NASCAR teams.
He became a first-time championship-winning team owner in 2013 when Turner Scott Motorsports won the K&N Pro Series East title with driver Dylan Kwasniewski. Justin Haley (2016), William Byron (2015) and Ben Rhodes (2014) won K&N Pro Series East championships for the Scott/Justin Marks organization.
In a posting on Twitter, Marks said, "I will always remember Harry’s infectious smile and kind laugh. I know he took tremendous pride in seeing every one of our drivers at HScott Motorsports With Justin Marks realizing their dreams and starting their journey in our cars. Harry loved racing and was committed to seeing success across all of his teams. Without his commitment to the sport, many would not have had the opportunity to ascend to positions they hold today. My thoughts are with Harry’s friends and family during this difficult time. I’ll always remember my first business partner in NASCAR with gratitude, pride and joy."
Allgaier, who drove for HScott Motorsports from 2013-15, also issued a statement on Scott’s passing that read:
"Ashley and I are saddened to hear the news of the passing of team owner Harry Scott Jr. Not only have Harry and his wife, Lori, been a part of my racing career but friends to my family, as well. Harry believed in me and gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of driving in NASCAR’s top series, and I will forever be thankful for that. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Lori, the entire Scott family, and all who knew and loved Harry during this difficult time."
HScott Motorsports was located for much of its brief history in Spartanburg, S.C. It was affiliated with Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing at different points of its existence, from which it obtained vehicles and technical support. A lack of sponsorship forced the team to shut down at the end of last year.
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