At speeds that surpass 200 miles per hour, IndyCar racing
offers fans nonstop thrills. So it’s a natural fit with the Boy Scouts of
America, an organization that’s been serving up fast-paced adventure for 100
That’s the idea behind this month’s launch of BSA
Motorsports. The No. 19 IndyCar, a joint venture between the BSA and Dale Coyne
Racing, will make its debut on March 14 in Brazil. The season runs through
October with 17 total races, including 13 in the U.S.
This offers two unique opportunities for Scouting. First,
the BSA’s logo and colors are all over this sharp-looking ride, and Scouts will
play a role in opening ceremonies at several IndyCar races. That gives the BSA
a great opportunity to extend the Scouting message to the uninitiated.
Second, Scouting units from across the country will get the
chance to see the car up close and meet the driver and crew—all while learning
about the math and science behind open-wheel racing. That keeps boys interested
and gives packs, troops, and crews a great recruiting tool.
The car will be available for units at each of the 17 stops
on the IndyCar schedule. Sure, you could jet to Brazil, Japan, or Canada to see
this car for yourself, but if you’re not big on international travel, make
plans to see it at one of these U.S. races:
- March 28: St. Petersburg, Fla.
- April 11: Birmingham, Ala.
- April 18: Long Beach, Calif.
- May 1: Kansas City, Kan.
- May 30: Indianapolis, Ind. (Indy 500)
- June 5: Fort Worth, Tex.
- June 20: Newton, Iowa
- July 4: Watkins Glen, N.Y.
- Aug. 8: Lexington, Ohio
- Aug. 22: Sonoma, Calif.
- Aug. 28: Chicago, Ill.
- Sept. 4: Sparta, Ky.
- Oct. 2: Miami, Fla.
You could also spot the red-and-blue racer on TV. Each IndyCar
race is televised nationally on Versus or ABC. Click here for the schedule. Also, make sure to look for the No. 19 car and racing team at
this summer’s jamboree.
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