Relive Saturday’s race featuring the No. 19 BSA IndyCar with Bryan’s live race reports

Hey folks, I’m live at Texas Motor Speedway for tonight’s Firestone Twin 275s race, featuring driver Alex Lloyd and the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America IndyCar.

Coverage of the race is available on Versus and begins at 7 p.m. Central Time.

Check back here for updates as the day (and night) progress.

You can also find me on Twitter or Facebook, where I’ll be posting additional updates tonight. Continue reading

Alex Lloyd wins award for his impressive comeback

Lloydmug Alex Lloyd knows something about perseverance. He vaulted from 22nd to 10th place in the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 22, a comeback that required hard work from Lloyd and his BSA Motorsports team.

Lloyd's latest comeback, though, came thanks to the hard work of Scouts and Scouters like you.

For his performance at Sonoma, Lloyd was nominated for the "Firestone Tire-ific Move of the Race." And as we told you last week, he needed the help of the Scouting community to win the award, which was decided purely on fan votes.

Well, you responded, bigtime. He trailed for the first day after voting opened, but once the community of Scouts and Scouters across the country stepped up, Lloyd catapulted into the lead. And on Saturday, he was presented with the award as a token for the impression he left on fans like you.

Lloyd even thanked his fans on Twitter, posting this message: "Want to thank everyone who voted me for the Firestone Tire-rific award from Sonoma. I appreciate all your support!!"

The award presentation was part of the pre-race ceremonies at Saturday's PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 in Chicago. In that race, Lloyd and the BSA No. 19 car suffered a cut tire early and a gearbox problem late. After losing 37 laps while his team repaired the car, Lloyd returned to the field looking to score as many points as possible to keep his Rookie of the Year lead in tact.

After Saturday's result, he still holds an 11-point lead over seven other rookies.

Lloyd finished 21st overall and led three laps, the first time he has led this season. Lloyd is back in action this Saturday in the Meijer Indy 300 in Kentucky. Catch the action at 8 p.m. (ET) Saturday on Versus.

Help Alex Lloyd win the “Firestone Tire-ific Move of the Race”

Lloydmug Alex Lloyd's task was daunting. After qualifying 22nd out of 25 racers for Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, he wanted to move his No. 19 car from the back of the pack to a good finish.

Mission accomplished. Thanks to hard work overnight to improve Lloyd's car, the BSA Motorsports and Dale Coyne Racing team helped Lloyd catapult over the competition and into a 10th-place finish.

"Our strategy worked really well, and our changes to the car overnight really gave us a very good race car, one that we could move through the field quickly with," Lloyd said after his third top-10 finish of the season.

The drivers he left in the dust weren't the only ones who noticed the big jump. IndyCar Racing also took note and nominated him for its weekly "Firestone Tire-ific Move of the Race."

That's where you come in. Be sure to vote for Lloyd's big move by clicking here and scrolling down. You'll see the box to vote on the right side. Voting closes Thursday, so be sure to vote today.

You'll also want to catch Lloyd and the BSA IndyCar this weekend as he races in the PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300. Watch it starting at 7 p.m. (ET) Saturday on Versus.

Exclusive interview with Alex Lloyd, BSA IndyCar driver

As driver of the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America IndyCar, Alex Lloyd has a built-in fan base of millions of Scouts, parents, volunteers, and alumni.

And when he finished fourth at the May 2010 Indianapolis 500, he wooed many more fans who have never been involved with Scouting. Hundreds of thousands in the stands and millions more watching the live national broadcast saw Alex’s impressive day.

I caught up with Alex last July for an exclusive interview during a rare break in his busy schedule. He chatted with me on the phone from his home in Indianapolis.

Bryan: You had a relatively slow start in the four races leading up to the Indy 500. Talk about how you stayed the course during those early struggles.

Alex Lloyd: Racing’s no different than any other career or activity. You have your bumps along the way, and sometimes those mountains can seem like Mount Everest and you can’t imagine how you’re going to get to the other side. It’s a matter of digging deep and picking yourself up. Keep working and believing in yourself and your team and the guys around you. We knew that we could do the job, and we wouldn’t let the disappointing start prevent us from achieving what we want to achieve. That never-give-up attitude applies to every aspect of life. We have proof for myself and the team and Scouts and anybody watching—it pays off to take that kind of approach.

B.W.: You were a Scout in England, where it was founded. How was that?

A.L.: Yes, I was in Scouts for three or four years in Manchester.  My mom was a volunteer, and when I was in the Cub Scouts she would come in and help look after everybody. It was a lot of fun. When it came about that I was going to be driving the Boy Scouts car and I looked into it, I didn’t realize how many of my family members had been involved in Scouts.

B.W.: What did you think when you were first approached by the Boy Scouts of America?

A.L.: They explained it to me, and I got pretty excited. I could see that this was a fantastic opportunity for myself and the team. You’re meeting so many different kinds of people, the leaders and the kids, and you get to share all of this. You work with a lot of sponsors and a lot of different companies as a driver. And most of them involve very corporate events. You put on your suit and tie and meet people. That’s fine, but I’ve just found this [partnership with the BSA] so refreshing.

B.W.: What are the BSA events like?

A.L.: Other sponsors’ events have never been a chore for me, but these kind of events that we do with the Scouts, I love doing them. I wouldn’t want to miss them. Say I’m told to stay there for an hour. Well, I love to spend more time there than that. You talk the kids, and they ask some really good questions. “How fast do the cars go?” “What’s it feel like to drive one?”

At the end of the day, when I’m driving one of these cars I feel like a kid again. And the parents and the adult leaders enjoy seeing their kids get fired up about something. It’s like the ultimate pinewood derby car.

B.W.: What would you tell an adult leader who’s thinking of taking his or her Scouts out to one of your races?

A.L.: It would exceed what he would expect in terms of how much he would enjoy it. You don’t have to be a racing fan to enjoy these kinds of events. You can enjoy the nice weather, the whole setting. You can just go and have fun. Compared to NASCAR, IndyCar is really open and not cut-off. We say, “come in and let us show you the cars.” You come away thinking that trip was worth it. It’s good fun, it’s educational, and it’s a great activity to do.

B.W.: What has been the BSA presence at the races so far?

A.L.: We’ve got tons of Scouts. You can really feel the Scouts out there. It’s been impressive to see everybody come out there in their uniforms. It’s quite a presence. Drivers come up to me after and say, “Wow, we saw so many Boy Scouts out there.”

I’ve been amazed at how many people are affiliated with the Boy Scouts. There just seems to be so many people that are involved or know somebody involved. Even in the people that aren’t involved, I’ve found so many cheering on the Boy Scouts car. I’ve had a number of people say, “I’m not a Scout, but I’m cheering for the Scouts.” Everybody knows somebody that’s been involved in the Scouts. Everybody knows something about them. You have that kind of relation where, “That’s a cool thing,” As opposed to some random company that you might not know anything about. Everybody cares about kids and seeing kids grow up in the right manner.

B.W.: Thanks for chatting with us, and good luck this season!

After great finish at Indy 500, it’s back to work for BSA Motorsports

Firestone550The celebration continues after last week's thrilling fourth-place finish at the Indianapolis 500. But for the BSA Motorsports crew, it's time to get back to work. This Saturday, the Boy Scouts of America IndyCar takes to the track once again in the Firestone 550.

This time, Alex Lloyd and the No. 19 car are racing near Scouting magazine's neck of the woods—Fort Worth, Texas—for a 228-lap, 550-kilometer race around Texas Motor Speedway.

Live coverage of the race on Versus begins at 8 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, June 5. Or if you live near the Dallas-Fort Worth area, take your pack, troop, or crew to see the race in person

For more information on how IndyCar racing can help your boys get excited about Scouting, math, and science, check out the BSA Motorsports Web site.