Brian Scott started driving in local and regional races at 12, and left town on the day of his Boise High graduation to chase a racing career.
The dream picks up steam Friday morning in North Carolina.
Scott, 27, will formalize his first full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup ride during a 9 a.m. MT press conference in Mooresville, N.C., according to multiple media reports. He replaces Sam Hornish Jr. at Richard Petty Motorsports, adds Aric Almirola as a teammate and is expected to drive the No. 9 Ford for a full Sprint Cup schedule in 2016.
Scott, who began racing in the NASCAR Truck Series in 2007 and became a full-time Xfinity Series driver in 2010, confirmed the press conference to the Idaho Statesman on Thursday. He declined additional comment until Friday.
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Scott, the great grandson of Joe and Kathryn Albertson, receives sponsorship support from Shore Lodge in McCall, owned by his family, and Boise-based Albertsons. Sponsorship details with Richard Petty Motorsports have not been made public, though Petty has said sponsorship would be a major factor when putting together his 2016 team.
“We’ve got to look at sponsorship as much as anything else,’’ the former racing legend told reporters last month. “It’s a combination deal. We can’t just go with a driver and then not have the money, and we can’t go with just the money and not have a driver, so it’s gonna be interesting.’’