Imagine IndyCar superstars sending a car down your pack’s Pinewood Derby track. Minutes later, these guys are racing the real deal in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Scouts had access to the Dale Coyne Racing team paddock and got to interview Dale Coyne Racing drivers who are leading the Championship. Sebastian Bourdais is in the number one spot and Ed Jones is in seventh.
Asked about the similarities between racing and Scouting, Jones explained, “Team is very important. If you have a good team around you, you’re going perform well.”
“You’ve got to be really dedicated and focused,” four-time champion Bourdais said about the crossover of Scouting values into the IndyCar world.
Hear more from the drivers in the video below (they even race Pinewood Derby cars at the end of the clip).
What Brought Scouting and IndyCar Teams Together?
Ed Jones drives No. 19 Boys Scouts of America Dale Coyne Racing Honda. This car prominently displays “Be a Scout!” and “Scouting!” on its main wing (this is a royalty-free arrangement thanks to the generous support of Dale Coyne Racing and IndyCar).
That’s right – it’s a Boy Scouts of America car, representing young men know for their own racing traditions.
In fact, the Western Los Angeles County Council drew a comparison between their Pinewood Derby car and the Be a Scout car. Check it out below.
Events like the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach allow Scouts to meet their heroes and celebrate Scouting in a big way!
Sound like something your son would enjoy? Learn more about the fun of Cub Scouting on Be A Scout.