While the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona may have marked the final race of Scott Pruett’s 50-year career, his time as a storied racer across various platforms have brought the California driver memories to last a lifetime.
In a career that spanned five decades, Pruett began in karts and has since competed in everything from NASCAR to IROC to CART and IMSA. And it was in IMSA that Scott Pruett made his stamp on the racing world while driving in the sports car ranks. He holds the record for most Rolex 24 victories with five wins (tied with Hurley Haywood) and he’s won over 60 sports car races. Pruett also claimed five championship titles in GRAND-AM.
He boasts a resume that any driver would dream about.
“Overall, people long past when I’m gone, I think will remember me for sports cars,” said Pruett when he announced his retirement. “Even though I have achievements in other forms (of racing), by far, sports cars are my love.”
Though away from the cockpit, fans of Pruett will still see him involved in the sports car world as he continues his work with Lexus at and away from the track.
But what will Pruett do with his newfound free time? He’ll likely focus on his award-winning California winery. Wine Spectator rated Pruett Vineyard’s 2014 estate syrah equal to the world’s best.
Pruett, who comes from a farming family, runs the winery with his wife and three children where he is completely hands on.
“Wine making has become very interesting to me,” said Pruett. “It’s the polar opposite of racing. In car racing, you live life in seconds. In grapes, you measure it in years. The hardest part is patience. You have to wait – and wait – to know if what you did was any good, if that wine was a winner. With wine, my biggest challenge has been slowing down.”
Though we don’t expect Pruett to actually slow down any time soon, perhaps retirement will allow him the extra time to take his foot off the gas just a little more often.
Continental Tire celebrates you, Scott Pruett, for 50 years of racing memories!