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A New Car for the Scouting Garage

NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse

Flashy uniforms aside, Boy Scouts and race car drivers might not seem to have a lot in common. While Scouts spend a lot of time slowly hiking through quiet woodlands, race car drivers live in the fast lane, screaming around tracks at nearly 200 miles an hour.

Beginning this year, however, Scouts around the country are rubbing shoulders with NASCAR drivers and crew members—and learning about science, technology, engineering, and math in the process. What’s fueling those connections? It’s a special sponsorship deal between the Boy Scouts of America and TeamSLR (Scott Lagasse Racing). (No, your Friends of Scouting dollars aren’t involved; there’s no cash investment from the BSA.)

This year, the No. 8 Hybrid Light BSA car will compete in a dozen or more races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, putting the BSA brand in front of millions of fans. TV’s second-most-watched motorsports series, the Nationwide Series has up to 1.9 million viewers per race. At the same time, local councils are using NASCAR events as the platform for fundraising and recruiting events by offering exclusive access to the car, its driver, and local racing venues.

“We are truly excited and blessed to have the opportunity to represent these two quality groups,” driver Scott Lagasse Jr. said of the BSA and flashlight maker Hybrid Light. “The really neat part is that I get to interact with Scouts and even go camping, which is one of my favorite ways to relax and enjoy our wonderful planet.”

The arrangement with TeamSLR complements the BSA’s three-year-old deal with Dale Coyne Racing, which races the No. 19 car in the IZOD IndyCar Series. For more information, visit www.scouting.org/motorsports.aspx—or just tune in to the next IndyCar or Nationwide Series race.

 

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