The BSA race car: Coming soon to a council event near you?

nascar-ride-to-school-2Perhaps. But only if you ask.

The team behind the Boy Scouts of America’s No. 8 NASCAR, driven by Scott Lagasse Jr., will work with councils to plan car and driver appearances at Scout events.

What Scout wouldn’t love a chance to meet a professional race car driver and check out his ride?

At each stop on the team’s race schedule (see below), TeamSLR hopes to make Scott and the car available for as many nearby Scouting activities as their schedule allows. When councils are in the immediate vicinity of a track, TeamSLR provides these visits at no cost to the council or to the BSA in general.

If your council isn’t in the immediate area of a track but would still like to be considered for a driver and race car appearance at a council event, TeamSLR can explore that option based on the driver’s availability. With that approach, there’s a small fee required to cover the costs associated with traveling to the event.

Keep in mind this is a council opportunity, so contact your local council to encourage them to rev up an upcoming council event with an appearance. Because of cost and scheduling constraints, the driver and race car is unlikely to be available for appearances at the unit level.

Want more info to send to your council? Click here for the Rev It Up Program page to download an application.


Who’s paying for all this?

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 for either racing team.

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.

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Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the founder of Bryan on Scouting and a contributing writer.