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.
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.’’