Be sure to look out for the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car, driven by Justin Wilson and owned by friend of Scouting and Silver Buffalo recipient Dale Coyne.
The race starts at noon Eastern on ABC.
With its red-and-white coloring and BSA logos everywhere, you won’t be able to miss the BSA car, which starts in position No. 14. Coincidentally, that’s the same starting position Wilson had at last year’s Indy 500 where he finished fifth.
Fourteenth to fifth is an impressive come-from-behind performance. Even better is what he’s done since fracturing his pelvis in October of last year. When that happened, more than 600 of you left get-well messages for Wilson right here on the blog. Many more sent get-well cards to him via regular mail.
Seems to have helped, because he has fully recovered and is ready to race today.
John R. Fulton Jr., former director of photography for Boys’ Life and Scouting magazines, has been at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the past few weeks to document the team’s race in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 (Wilson finished 11th in that one) and its preparations for today’s Indy 500.
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.
All photos copyright John R. Fulton Jr. and may not be reused without permission.