Scott Pruett To Retire From Racing After 24 Hours of Daytona

This month’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona will be the final race for an iconic driver. Scott Pruett announced on Friday in Daytona that this year’s event will be his final race. Pruett, will finish with a highly decorated career. He’s raced in almost everything there was too.

Pruett, 57, won the IMSA GTO Championship in his first year of professional racing in 1986. He’d also win his class in the 12 Hours of Sebring for Bruce Jenner. He’d win the SCCA championship in 1987 then the IMSA GTO championship again in 1988. He’d move up to CART in 1989 and the Indianapolis 500 was a race that he’d take Co-Rookie of the Year honors. He’d miss 1990 due to an injury suffered in a preseason testing crash. 

Scott Pruett in the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 26, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

In 1991, he’d win return and win the season opening IROC race at Daytona and finished 10th in the final CART standings. He’d remain in CART for every year through 1999 before making a jump to NASCAR for the 2000 season. That was his lone full season in NASCAR, but he’d made 11 more starts on road courses the next eight years.

In 2001, he’d go over to run LeMans, a race in which he’d win his class in that event too.

In 2004, he’d make a move to IMSA, a series in which he’d win the season championship. Overall, his last stint in IMSA over the last decade was the best years of his racing career.

Pruett, has won five IMSA titles overall, but he’s also a five-time Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona winner too. He’s won at Sebring and LeMans in sports car competition as well.

He’s one of the few to race in the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of LeMans, 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring and compete at a high level in all.

 

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