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Scott Says New Team Capable Of Chasing Chase

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, December 11 2015
Brian Scott will move to Sprint Cup full time in 2016 as he will drive the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

Brian Scott will move to Sprint Cup full time in 2016 as he will drive the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

Richard Petty Motorsports on Friday introduced Brian Scott as the replacement for  Sam Hornish Jr. as driver of its No. 9 Sprint Cup next season.

Scott, who has been racing full time for Richard Childress and Joe Gibbs Racing in sprint-logo-08the XFINITY Series since 2010, said the deal with RPM came together quickly and that he believes he can make the Chase with his new team.

“I started dreaming about being a Sprint Cup driver a long time ago and I’ve always wondered what that would look like and what the future held,” Scott, who has seen spot duty in Cup, said, “and never did I ever think that I’d get to drive for an iconic organization like Petty.  I actually have gotten to drive for two iconic organizations and that’s surpassed any dreams that I was able to set as a kid.

“Since I found out that this deal was coming about, and I’ve been able to spend the last couple of days in the shop with the guys, I’m pumped.  I’m excited.  I really like the group of people that they’ve assembled here and I know that we’re capable of great things and I’m looking forward to putting in the work and to proving that on the race track.”

Scott went winless in 77 XFINITY starts but recorded two wins in the Camping World Truck Series.

Next season he will team with Aric Almirola at the two-car Petty team.

Team owner Richard Petty said that while there have not been a lot of victories in Scott’s past, he is confident there could be in his future.

“We noticed that he does pretty good in the equipment that he’s got,” Petty said, “so the big deal is putting him in a team where all he drives is just Cup stuff.  He doesn’t jump back and forth, even though he might run a few of the races, it won’t be the deal.  He’ll be able to run for the championship and rookie of the year.  Before he’s been a few races here, a few races there, so he’s just been bounced from place to place, so now he’s got a home and I think that will settle him down a whole lot.”

Scott come from a wealthy family that has been able to bring sponsorship to the teams that have hired him.

During a press conference in North Carolina Friday, Scott was asked if he hears about that from fans.

“Everybody that’s raced in NASCAR and made it to the Sprint Cup Series has had help from someone along the way,” Scott said. “I’m very fortunate that I’ve had help from my family.  Drivers get help from different resources and it doesn’t upset me.  People are entitled to their opinion, but I also feel like I’m here for a reason.  I’m here to compete and I feel like I’ve had success and I’ve proven myself and I’m looking forward to driving these cars and to proving that to them.”

Scott will slide behind the wheel next week during testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“I’m gonna put him to work right away,” crew chief Sammy Johns said. “With the testing policy that NASCAR has put in place, which I’m fully supportive of, there’s not any other testing that we’re gonna get to do before we go to the Daytona 500.  So a chance to get Brian in the race car before that is excellent, so when we were able to get this done and get it done before the Homestead tire test, Brian was automatically the first choice to go do that, so we could get some time in the race car with him and start to get a feel for what he’s looking for in a race car.  That’s gonna be invaluable because we will not see a race track before Atlanta – a downforce track – a test won’t be available to us.”

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, December 11 2015
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