Making Friends: A 30 Year Tradition at Team Yellow SPARTANBURG, SC (October 21, 2003) -- In the 2003 racing season, Team Yellow has had the "Making Friends Tour" theme, but for team owner James Finch, it started many years ago. Behind the ...
Making Friends: A 30 Year Tradition at Team Yellow
SPARTANBURG, SC (October 21, 2003) -- In the 2003 racing season, Team Yellow has had the "Making Friends Tour" theme, but for team owner James Finch, it started many years ago. Behind the scenes, competitors in the racing community spend much of their lives traveling from track to track, dreaming of winning the next event. Somehow along the way, something much bigger happens; friendships are born. Such is the case with James Finch and long time friend and veteran crewmember, Johnny Scott.
Johnny Scott is a true "country-boy", born and raised in the clay hills and quiet south around Atlanta. Monday through Thursday, Johnny works for Georgia Power, where he has been employed for 30 years. But most Fridays, he gets on a plane to fly wherever the Busch series is racing and support his long time friend, James Finch.
Johnny first got involved in racing in 1969 when he got out of the service. In 1973, Johnny was working with Ronnie Sanders running late models around the south, when he first met James Finch. It was at a track in Panama City and Finch was jumping cars with his motorcycle. The two immediately began spending time together and a friendship was born.
It wasn't long before Finch went into business for himself. His love of racing drove him to buy a dirt car, and a couple of years later he hired Jeff Purvis to drive it. They eventually decided to move to the All Pro Series, and it is here that Johnny first started working with Finch in his racing endeavors. Having driven cars, built them, and serviced them in the pits, he was a definite asset to Phoenix Racing. They eventually moved to the ARCA Series, then Busch and even Winston Cup. Through it all, the men have remained steadfast friends.
During the races, Johnny works as the second gasman for Team Yellow. He is the rock of the team, one that all of the crew members look up to. He is also a great spokesman who enjoys talking with any guests that Yellow Transportation may have at the track, explaining as much as the guests want to learn about racing. Each weekend he gets to do something he loves, and spend time with one of his best friends. For an ol' Southern Boy, life just doesn't get any better than that.
The Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be held on Saturday, October 25. The race will be aired live on TNT and be broadcast live on PRN beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Qualifying for the event will take place Friday, October 24 at 1:40 p.m. EDT and will be aired on the Speed Channel.