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Two for the road: BSA adds NASCAR to its racing lineup

What’s better than one lightning-fast car emblazoned with the BSA logo? Two, of course.

Last week, the Boy Scouts of America announced it was entering the action-packed world of NASCAR.

Do you care? You should, for many reasons. But here are two:

First, the alliance expands the reach of BSA Racing. You already know about the BSA No. 19 IndyCar, made possible by the generosity of Gail and Dale Coyne. Now, BSA Racing will expand to include the NASCAR Nationwide Series, meaning even more people will hear about Scouting and learn about the movement’s relevance to today’s youth.

In a word: recruitment.

Second, this relationship further advances the STEM initiative with another way to introduce Scouts to real-world applications for science, technology, engineering, and math. Think about it: Would your Scouts prefer learning STEM subjects in a stuffy church basement or by visiting the garage of a race-car driver?

In a word: retention.

Here’s what else we know about the BSA-NASCAR relationship: 

Fast facts

  • The move includes a multiyear relationship with Scott Lagasse Racing as an associate sponsor of the No. 8 Hybrid Light-BSA Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
  • With up to 1.9 million viewers per race, the NASCAR Nationwide Series is the second most-watched motorsports series on TV. (The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is first).
  • Forty-two percent of NASCAR Nationwide Series fans have children under the age of 18.
  • Hybrid Light, a brand of solar-powered flashlight, is the primary sponsor. The BSA is an associate sponsor.
  • Scott Lagasse Jr. (pictured at right) is slated to drive the car.
  • The relationship will officially begin at the Kentucky 300, held Sept. 22 at Kentucky Speedway.
  • Watch for the car in two other races this year:
    • Oct. 20, 2012: Kansas Lottery 300 in Kansas City, Kan.
    • Nov. 17, 2012: Ford EcoBoost 300 in Homestead, Fla.
  • The team is planning to race in at least 15 races in 2013 and will run the full schedule in 2014 and 2015.

Quotable

“We are truly excited and blessed to have the opportunity to represent these two quality groups,” says driver Scott Lagasse Jr. “ The really neat part is that I get to interact with Scouts and even go camping, which is one of my favorite ways to relax and enjoy our wonderful planet.”

What do you think?

How can you use this partnership for recruiting and retention? Will you take your Scouts to see a NASCAR Nationwide event in the future? Leave your thoughts below.


(h/t Scout-Wire)

Photo by Flickr user haglundc.

13 Comments on Two for the road: BSA adds NASCAR to its racing lineup

  1. This will create a great opportunity to raise visibility for alumni and a way for them to reconnect with Scouting while attending a race. More alumni means more volunteers, contacts, awareness and resources to advance the reach of Scouting.

    • Great point, Rick! -Bryan

  2. THIS GREAT. My Wolf and I are huge NASCAR fans.

  3. Not much effect where I live. As far as I know, there is only one annual NASCAR race in Texas. There will probably be much more interest in the Formula 1 race that will be held south of Austin in November.

  4. Brian M. Adams // September 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm // Reply

    Only question is, is it the same kind of deal as with Dale Coyne Racing, or is BSA putting up money for this?

  5. lee thurston // September 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm // Reply

    this is a good move i love scouts and racing

  6. JOhn Castaldi // September 10, 2012 at 9:12 am // Reply

    What a shame it that the race teams have to pay upwards of $100K for the privilege of displaying the BSA graphics. Locally, Fun Factory Racing (I am the owner of that team) wanted to outfit one of it’s off-road motorcycles with BSA logos, to use as a regional recruitment tool, to make special appearances, and generally promote the Scouting movement. (the rider is a Scout, as well as 4 members of the team). We were told that unless we ponied up $100K we couldn’t do it. Seems to me that the BSA should want positive exposure, especially if it were just handed to them.

    • Reach out to your local council they might be able to help you with getting some approved logos to put on the motorcycles. See if they will take you putting the logos on as a gift in kind to the council. BSA will always take some free advertising.

  7. Can someone contact me about this, I am interested in doing something and I race locally.

  8. Michael Ventimiglia // September 11, 2012 at 8:23 am // Reply

    I like this a lot. BSA is moving in the right direction and brining more visibility to us! Other things like Are You As Tough As A Boy Scout on National Geographic this fall will bring the appropriate attention and make Acouting COOL. It is important to have this perception in today’s world with our oys that are surrounded by media, video games and more peer pressure from so many different social media forms. LOVE NASCAR!

  9. Great news! Another great partner to teach STEM in a fun and ingaging way would be to partner with the All-American Soap Box Derby. They have a new STEM program that would be great for Cubs and Scouts!

  10. NASCAR is BIIIG in North Carolina. This is goog

  11. oeps!!! GOOD…

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