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Back on track: Follow the No. 19 BSA IndyCar throughout the season

Wilson's best 2012 finish was a win at the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Wilson’s best 2012 finish was a win at the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Looking for one more reason to watch IndyCar this year?

Try this: Justin Wilson, already a three-time winner on the IndyCar Series in his five-year career, drives the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing car this season. And today, we learned that the car will carry the color and markings of the Boy Scouts of America for the remainder of 2013.

Why is this big? To start, it’s the first time that a driver of the BSA car is a past winner. Translation: You’re likely to see that flying fleur-de-lis competing for the checkered flag quite a bit this year.

It all starts with Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, airing at 3 p.m. Eastern on the NBC Sports Network. Then, tune in and follow the car over the course of the entire season, including the Indy 500 on May 26.

Wilson is the third British-born driver of the BSA IndyCar, after Alex Lloyd and James Jakes. But just because he wasn’t born here doesn’t mean he isn’t proud to represent our organization in races.  Continue reading

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Imagine pulling up outside of school in this

nascar-ride-to-school-2For Daniel Bolen, riding the bus will never be the same.

Not after the middle schooler was dropped off at school last week by NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse Jr. in his No. 8 Boy Scouts of America Chevy.

Daniel, wearing a racing helmet that’s his to keep, strapped in as Lagasse zipped through the streets of Maitland, Fla., with a police escort on both sides.

When the car squealed to a halt in front of Orangewood Christian School and Daniel climbed out, it’s hard to guess which jaws dropped farther — Daniel’s classmates or the moms and dads in the carpool lane.

Dozens of Daniel’s 7th- and 8th-grade classmates surrounded the car as Lagasse posed for photos and signed autographs.

But the real star was Daniel, chosen by the Central Florida Council for his community service efforts in building an inner-city memorial to children who had lost their lives to violent crimes. Nice job, Daniel!  Continue reading

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Get up to speed on the BSA’s new NASCAR team

BSA driver Scott Lagasse Jr.

BSA driver Scott Lagasse Jr.

Do your Scouts like fast cars? Do I even have to ask?

Let’s face it: Getting your guys to tune in and cheer on the BSA’s No. 8 car at this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race won’t be too tough. It’s like asking if they want seconds of your Dutch oven cobbler.

No doubt your guys and girls will be revved up about the chance to see Scott Lagasse Jr. take the wheel of the No. 8 HybridLight BSA car in Saturday’s race. It’s our first look at the BSA Chevy this year.

But your job is to steer your Scouts’ enthusiasm for racing into something that’ll benefit your unit long-term.

I’m talking about recruiting, retention, and racing’s ties to STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math. Learn some more facts about the BSA-NASCAR relationship in my post from September. And stay tuned for more details about how BSA Racing will support your Scouting efforts.

Meanwhile, don’t miss Saturday’s race. Here are the details:  Continue reading

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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:  Continue reading

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The ‘other’ Dale Coyne Racing car wins Firestone 550

Well if the BSA IndyCar had to lose on Saturday night, at least it was like this.

James Jakes and the Boy Scouts of America No. 19 car finished 10th at the Firestone 550 in Texas, but Jakes’ teammate, Justin Wilson, won the whole thing.

Why is that cool?

Well, you know by now that Dale and Gail Coyne, longtime supporters of Scouting and Silver Buffalo Award recipients, generously fund the BSA No. 19 car, giving Scouts of all ages the chance to learn more about the science, technology, engineering, and math that go into racing.

Because of its BSA ties, the No. 19 car gets all the headlines on this blog. But this week we tip our cap to the Coynes’ other car, the No. 18 Sonny’s Bar-B-Q-themed Honda, for winning at the Texas Motor Speedway. See a photo of Dale and Gail celebrating with the No. 18 team above.

The victory marks the second IndyCar Series win for Dale Coyne Racing and the team’s first win on an oval track.

Congratulations, Dale and Gail!

Next race

The Dale Coyne Racing team heads north now, racing at the Milwaukee IndyFest on Saturday, June 16. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. (Eastern) on ABC.

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How to follow the Boy Scouts car at the Indy 500

Scouters and Scouts, start your televisions.

The Indianapolis 500, easily the best-known auto race of the year, is Sunday.

I’ve always enjoyed watching, but ever since the BSA IndyCar debuted in 2010, I’ve had even more reason to tune in to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

This year, driver James Jakes takes the wheel of the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing/Boy Scouts of America car.

Jakes, one of eight rookies in the race, will start in the sixth row, sandwiched between Dario Franchitti and J.R. Hildebrand, who finished second in last year’s Indy 500.

Plan to watch? Here’s all you need to know about the 96th edition of this event:

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PHOTOS: BSA’s IndyCar makes its 2012 debut. And then …

Let me give you the bad news first.

Driver James Jakes and his No. 19 car crashed in Sunday’s race after just 19 laps.

So what’s the good news? That St. Petersburg, Fla., event was the first of 15 races this season. So Jakes and the BSA Racing team have plenty of time to turn it around.

And maybe better news for you fans of Team BSA, I’ve got some exclusive photos from last weekend’s action. More on that later.

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2012 BSA Racing preview: When will the BSA IndyCar be near you?

Scouters and Scouts, start your engines.

Then point your compass (or GPS device) toward the nearest speedway. Yes, after a long winter, it’s finally racing time once again.

Over the next seven months, the IZOD IndyCar Series will visit 12 American racetracks (plus stops in Brazil, China, and Canada). For BSA units, that’s 12 opportunities to see the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car, which is owned, operated, and funded by Dale Coyne Racing.

In all, more than 100 local councils are within 100 miles of an IndyCar race this year. In other words, nearly a third of all packs, troops, teams, and crews have a ready-made day of fun headed their way this year.

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Who’s behind the wheel of the BSA IndyCar in 2012?

James Jakes

There’s a new man wearing red, white, and blue this season.

It’s 24-year-old James Jakes, a former Scout from England, who takes the helm of the BSA Motorsports and Dale Coyne Racing No. 19 car for the 2012 IndyCar season.

Jakes, who amassed 16 starts for Dale Coyne Racing last season, moves from the No. 18 car to the Scouting car, taking over for Alex Lloyd and Sebastien Bourdais, who shared driving duties in 2011.

The first race is March 25 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Click here for the complete schedule and plan to check out a race in person like I did last season.

How does Jakes feel putting on a Scout uniform again, this time as a member of the BSA Motorsports team? In an interview with IndyCar.com, Jakes talked about exactly that.

“I joined later on at boarding school when I was 13 or 14 and got involved in a load of programs,” he said. “I’m excited to get involved with the Boy Scouts this year. It really broadens your horizons.”

Keep an eye on my blog for BSA IndyCar updates all season long.

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2012 IndyCar schedule announced

The race is on.

This morning, the IZOD IndyCar series announced its 2012 race schedule, a 15-race slate that will take drivers to China, Brazil, Canada, and — of course — all across the United States.

In all, 11 races are scheduled in the U.S., meaning 11 chances to see Dale Coyne Racing’s No. 19 Boy Scouts of America IndyCar in person.

Take your pack, troop, team, or crew to a track near you. They’ll experience the thrill of live racing while also learning about science, technology, math, and engineering — four areas that combine to form the important STEM initiative supported by the BSA.

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