Wendell Scott 2015 Nascar Hall of Fame Inductee


WHEREAS, on Friday, January 30, 2015, Wendell Scott, native of Danville, Virginia, will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame; and 

WHEREAS, Scott made his first start in NASCAR’s premier series March 4, 1961, at Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg, S.C., after more than a decade of racing; and

WHEREAS, Scott quickly established himself as one the premier drivers in NASCAR history; and

WHEREAS, Scott was the first African-American to compete full-time in NASCAR’s premier division; and

WHEREAS, on December 1, 1963, at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida, Scott became the first African-American to win a NASCAR premier series event; and

WHEREAS, over the next 13 years, Scott accumulated 20 top-five finishes and 147 top-10 finishes, earning himself many distinctions in the field of racing; and

WHEREAS, long after his NASCAR career Scott worked in the auto industry opening up his own repair shop; and

WHEREAS, Scott was an independent mechanic and driver who broke the racial barriers in NASCAR during the 1960s and 1970s and will be remembered for his persona on and off the race track;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize WENDELL SCOTT as a 2015 NASCAR HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE.