When the heat turned up, the BSA Motorsports team didn’t back down.
Even with temperatures nearing 100 at track level, the added heat of competing in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” and starting way back in 26th, driver Alex Lloyd kept cool.
Lloyd and the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car blazed to a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. That’s the best finish ever for BSA Motorsports and Dale Coyne Racing.
The impressive performance was the result of some great communication and teamwork between Lloyd and his crew.
“It was amazing to me, as they just told to me who to go after and when, and it all worked,” he said. “I knew we were tight on fuel, and we just picked the right times to push and the right times to conserve. The car was great, and I cannot thank Dale and Gail Coyne and the entire Boy Scout family enough for this great opportunity.”
The sweltering heat made the track slick, and just finishing was an accomplishment. Just 14 cars were able to complete the 200-lap race. That feat wasn’t lost on Dale Coyne.
“It was a long day, but a patient day, and that paid off beyond our expectations,” he said. “Thank you to all that have supported us.”
Even Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca, who watched the race from the pit area, was impressed.
“If you love racing and you love Scouting, this day just couldn’t get much better,” he said.