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Scott Pruett Revs up California Auto Museum

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Scott Pruett, the 2010 Rolex Grand Am driving champion, was the ideal Keynote Speaker for this year’s Fundraising Dinner, “Life in the Fast Lane.”

After all, the local hero from Auburn has become one of the nation’s most successful race car drivers by going very fast for almost 25 years now. Scott’s humble and down-to-earth style definitely endeared him to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience on November 5th at the California Auto Museum. It is easy to see how this native Californian has been able to make such an incredible impact in the racing world.

Scott spoke from experience about the value of a team effort to succeed in racing whether in the Grand Am Series, Trans Am Championships or NASCAR. In fact, Scott shared, “this is the best year I can remember in racing. It was a Dream Season! It was one of my best racing seasons ever!”

The Auto Museum obviously understands teamwork as well. Executive Director, Karen Mc Claflin, Good Day Sacramento’s Nick Toma, the Museum staff, and Mr. Pruett teamed up to put on a successful event that thrilled the 170 racing and car enthusiasts in attendance. Most importantly, “Life in the Fast Lane” raised over $21,000 for the California Auto Museum.

Many racing fans are aware that Scott Pruett just claimed his third overall championship and set a record for the most wins in a single season. They may also know that Pruett was an Indy 500 co-rookie of the year and that he has won the 24 hours of Daytona seven times. However, not everyone may realize that the Pruett’s (Scott and Judy) are now enjoying success as vintners producing wines from their Pruett Vineyard. As the father of a four year old, I was very excited to find out that the Pruett’s have written and published four children’s books about racing. Even though Scott doesn’t seem to be ready to retire any time soon, it’s nice to know that the Pruett’s will have plenty to keep them busy long after their very successful racing career is finished.

John Mc Namee, a self proclaimed “Motorhead” and proud owner of a 1973 Pantera, remarked that he could listen to Scott Pruett share his racing stories all night long. I’m sure Mr. Mc Namee and many others who enjoyed this years “Life in the Fast Lane” are already looking forward to the California Auto Museum’s next event.

If you are a car enthusiast, the Auto Museum is a must see. There are over 150 vehicles in a variety of makes and models from the early 1900’s to future vehicles featuring alternative power. The Museum is open daily to educate and entertain locals and visitors alike. For more information on upcoming Auto Museum events and opportunities go to www.CalAutoMuseum.org

Rick Atchley | Rick@MaverickPhotography.us

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