The result wasn’t pretty, but the photos sure are.
Justin Wilson and the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America IndyCar finished 22nd in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. That’s a disappointing result for the Dale Coyne Racing team, especially after last year’s fifth-place finish.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, a 33-year-old from Dallas, won the 2014 Indy 500.
Congrats to Ryan, but I was more interested in seeing Justin and the BSA car, which was covered in BSA logos and branding and is owned by Scouting benefactors Dale and Gail Coyne. Fortunately for us, John R. Fulton Jr., former director of photography for Boys’ Life and Scouting magazines, was at the race and sent in the photos and captions below.
He even managed to find Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock, an invited guest of the Coynes.
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.