INDIANAPOLIS – Three finalists have been named for the inaugural Brady Bacon Baton Award, which will select a young up and coming driver whom Bacon foresees as a future racing star bound for greater glory.
The three finalists for the inaugural Brady Bacon Baton Award are Giovanni Scelzi, Logan Seavey and Tyler Thomas.
The identity of the winner will be revealed on Nov. 11, as part of the Racers Reunion Banquet in Irving, Texas.
Bacon, a two-time United States Auto Club sprint car champion from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, began racing at age five. Throughout his career Bacon has excelled in midgets, sprint cars and champ cars (Silver Crown) on both dirt and asphalt race tracks across the country.
More than 20 years of experience in building, working on and racing open-wheel racing cars has provided Bacon a unique perspective to identify and evaluate future racing talents.
Scelzi started his racing career at a young age in micro sprints on local California tracks when he was just six years old. Those early experiences and the mentorship of his older brother Dominic and his father, four-time NHRA drag racing champion Gary Scelzi, have clearly helped the 15-year-old driver’s career.
After he notched a remarkable 24 feature wins and two track championships during the 2010 season, the following year, as a nine-year old, Scelzi moved up to the restricted micro sprint class and won another track championship.
In 2015, Scelzi led all 25 laps to claim the A class winged micro sprint main event and the Golden Driller at the famed Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout, held annually at the Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla.
In 2016 Scelzi made the jump to full-sized sprint cars and collected eight victories and his first career California Speedweek championship. During the season, Scelzi claimed the King of Kings Speedway title and recorded a total of 12 top-10 finishes in 17 winged sprint car races.
He was also voted the 360 Rookie of the Year by the North American 410 Sprint Car Poll voting panel.
This season, Scelzi has focused on the King of the West – NARC 410 winged sprint car series with the Dennis Roth Motorsports team. But Scelzi has not restricted his racing to just the state of California, as he scored a clean sweep at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa driving for BDS Motorsports with the Sprint Invaders series, along with notching three top-five finishes in three ASCS National series starts.
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