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Wilson steers BSA IndyCar to second-place finish

In IndyCar racing, 1.1930 seconds can mean the difference between hoisting the winner’s trophy and settling for second place.

Justin Wilson knows that all too well.

Wilson, who drove the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America IndyCar to a second-place finish at Sunday’s Go Pro Grand Prix in Sonoma, Calif., knew he had a car that could win. And though second place is something of a consolation prize, Wilson was content with his third podium finish this year (along with Long Beach and Detroit).

“It was great to be back on the podium again with the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car,” Wilson said. “Everyone at Dale Coyne Racing has worked so hard to get a great result this weekend. We have had some ups and downs this year, and have run some really good races, but ended up finishing eighth or ninth. So today was some redemption and it helped us in the championship point standings.”

Indeed Wilson, who finished just behind winner Will Power in Sunday’s race, moved up to seventh in the IZOD IndyCar Series Championship point standings. That’s out of 38 drivers, I should add.

Team owner (and Silver Buffalo Award recipient) Dale Coyne was impressed by both Wilson’s performance and the support from the Scouts and Scouters who attended the race.

“Justin drove a fantastic race today,” Coyne said. “It was even more special that he could get a podium finish in front of all the Boy Scouts of America people that came out for the race today.”

Next up for the BSA IndyCar team: A race on Sunday in Baltimore. Watch the Indy Grand Prix of Baltimore live at 2 p.m. (EDT) on the NBC Sports Network.

An important reminder about BSA Racing

To, hopefully, stave off any misconceptions, I’ve started including this reminder with all of my posts about BSA Racing, which includes the IndyCar team and the NASCAR Nationwide Series team:

In past blog posts about BSA Racing, some commenters intimated that the Boy Scouts of America was investing heaps of its own money to support these cars. That’s not true. In fact, the program is a royalty-free arrangement, meaning that thanks to the generous support of Dale Coyne Racing, IndyCar, and Scott Lagasse Racing, there’s no cash investment from the BSA.

Instead, in return for the support from those three groups, the BSA lists them as national sponsors in its promotional materials — that’s it. It’s the kind of relationship where everyone sees the checkered flag.

6 thoughts on “Wilson steers BSA IndyCar to second-place finish

  1. Bryan,
    Got into a very heated policy discussion on Scouts and racing. On page 33, of 2013 G2SS, under “Unauthorized and Restricted Activites”, number 9 : “… Participating in motorized speed events, including motorcycles, boats, drag racing, demolition derbies, and related events are not authorized activities for any program level”

    Question: Is attending a race as a spectator in the stands considered participating? Attending an event was one of the suggestions for our Venture Crew activities and we were told we would be denied a trip permit on the basis that spectators are considered as participants. ” There would be no racing with spectators, therefore you are participating”

    Is this a correct interpretation of this rule?

    • Stetson,

      I just talked with the BSA’s head of Health and Safety. Participation means being an active participant, working on the track, driving, pit crew, etc. Simply being a spectator is not participating.

      That said, he recommended following the Sweet 16 of Safety when planning a trip to an IndyCar race. That includes ear protection, for example.

      Thanks for asking!

    • Our troop used to partner with another troop to rent a bus to the Indy 500. The event organized the scouts to be part of the festival parade. And, yes, the boys stuck around to watch the race!
      Don’t get into heated arguments. File the plan. If this naysaying is coming from your council HQ, have them call National. Enjoy your day at the races!

  2. Daytona speedway has a scout day campout in January of each year during the Rolex 24 practice weekend. It is a fun time for Cubs, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. They enjoy camping in the infield.

  3. We have always taken the intent of 2013 G2SS, under “Unauthorized and Restricted Activites”, number 9 to mean to actively participate in specific activities that could/would place a scout in harms way or that would not represent the scouting scouting principles. That said this past weekend at the Baltimore Grand Prix multiple troops and packs watched as Willson drove to 4th place. Scouts were actively fund raising selling Caramels and Cow Tails. The Baltimore Council with the active participation of Scouts and Scouters held a Pine Wood Derby Open where anyone could build a car and race. And to top it off Scouts Cubs and Scouters participated by unfurling the US Flag across the race track for the Anthem to be played then retreated before the cars started racing.

    Did we actively participate in the event Yes!! Did we actively participate in a motor sport. Not anymore then the scouts who built the car during Jamboree.

    It is important to read the guild lines and understand the intent. Following to the letter may prevent the fulfillment of the intent of Scouting.

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