Skip the school bus, and can the carpool.
For Cub Scout Caleb Sowinski, nothing beats a ride to school in a real racecar.
NASCAR driver and BSA supporter Scott Lagasse Jr. dropped the second-grader off at his school in Homestead, Fla., on Thursday.
Lagasse, who thrilled Scouts at the 2013 jamboree by letting them build a car he later raced competitively, gave Caleb a memory that’ll last him a lifetime.
A hundred of Caleb’s classmates chanted the boy’s name as Lagasse’s bright-yellow Chevrolet Camaro approached the school.
That’s the same car Lagasse will use on Saturday in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead Miami Speedway.
This isn’t just any car, though. Thanks to the generous support of Scott Lagasse Racing, the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing car features the BSA’s iconic fleur-de-lis and its “Prepared. For Life.” message. There’s also a promotion to “Be A Scout” on the rear of the car, and, because the race is in Florida, there’s even a Florida Sea Base logo on the trunk.
If you’re not in Florida to attend the race in person, be sure to cheer Lagasse on from your couch. The race airs at 4:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday on ESPN2.
More photos from the event
See more on the council’s Flickr page.
Video of the event
Watch this raw video from the South Florida Council:
An important reminder about BSA Racing
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.