Racing Community Says Farewell to Engineer Gary Grossenbacher in Daytona
(St. Augustine, FL ) August 14, 2020
Scott Lagasse Jr., On Point Motorsports, Brantley Gilbert along with Big Machine Records, Screen Your Machine and the entire racing community will pay tribute to race engineer Gary Grossenbacher this weekend for the inaugural NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series race at the world-famous Daytona International Speedway Road Course. This will be the first time that NASCAR has raced on the 3.57-mile layout, which is world renowned for the 24 Hours of Daytona and a fitting place to say farewell to a friend of the racing community.
Gary lost his battle with cancer last week. He loved racing from an early age, and after graduating from Arizona State University in 1984, Gary began his career in racing as an engineer. He worked with many great teams such as Group 44, Al Holbert Racing, Truesports, Kevin Doran Racing, GM Racing’s aero program with NASCAR Cup Series teams, Bill Davis Racing, Spirit of Daytona Racing, Sean Creech Motorsports and many more. Gary always found time to mentor young engineers who desired a life in the racing industry. Gary won many races and Championships along the way including three consecutive GTP Sports Car Championships in a row and two 24 Hours of Daytona victories, while earning the respect of many throughout motorsports. Since 2017, Gary was the Head of Mechanical Engineering at LSP Technologies.
“This weekend is very special for many of us that knew and worked with Gary. He was an intense competitor who valued the work ethics and competitive spirit of Vince Lombardi. I feel fortunate to have known Gary and worked with him since I was young and appreciate the opportunity to honor Gary along with his family, Dr. Lance Willsey and his many friends throughout racing,” said Lagasse Jr.
Lagasse Jr.’s personal mission to promote cancer awareness and age appropriate screening through Screen Your Machine, will be displayed on the truck this weekend to encourage people to be aware and to be screened for all types of cancer at the appropriate age. Lagasse Jr. is alive and healthy today, as a colon cancer survivor, because he caught his cancer early.
“Despite all of the advances in the treatment of cancer there is no substitute for early detection. The vast majority of cancers are curable with the benefit of early detection via screening,” said Dr. Lance Willsey, M.D.
Country star Brantley Gilbert knows all too well about the evils of cancer as his hard-hitting #1 song, “One Hell Of An Amen” clearly illustrates. Currently, Brantley is celebrating the success of his #1 Country Album, “Fire & Brimstone”, his #1 Single with Lindsay Ell, “What Happens In A Small Town” and his latest hit single, “Hard Days.” Brantley, a true race fan, will be watching on Sunday and said, “I can’t wait to watch the Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series take to the road course at Daytona! And these drivers don’t get any practice or qualifying? Lagasse’s road course experience could be a key ingredient to landing in Victory Lane. It’s ON!”
“A special thank you to team owner James Whitener, Brantley Gilbert and Big Machine Records for their support of Gary and this message. It is exciting to work with On Point Motorsports, Crew Chief Steven “Bones” Lane and the No. 30 team. Bones and I have had success in the past, and this should be a really good weekend in the Brantley Gilbert/ Screen Your Machine Tundra,” said Lagasse Jr.
You can watch Scotty race the No. 30 Brantley Gilbert/ Screen Your Machine Tundra in the historic NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series Sunoco 159 race this Sunday, August 16 at Noon EST on Fox Sports 1, or listen on MRN/Sirius XM.
Be sure to follow along on Twitter(@scottlagasse, @BigMachine, @BrantleyGilbert, @OnPMotorsports) and Facebook (/ScottLagasseJr, /BigMachineRecords, /BrantleyGilbertMusic, /OnPointMotorsports) for information on events and race information.
For more information, please contact Adam Barnett: [email protected].