If you watched the Indianapolis 500 last month — like 5.4 million people did — you might have noticed a familiar logo.
The Boy Scouts of America logo was emblazoned on rookie IndyCar driver Santino Ferrucci’s vehicle. The 21-year-old Connecticut native is part of Dale Coyne Racing, a longtime supporter of Scouting at the local and national levels. Ferrucci’s driver suit also had the words “Be a Scout!” stitched on the sleeve. See more photos from the race here.
Starting in the 23rd spot, Ferrucci finished in seventh place at the Indy 500, earning him Rookie of the Year honors. Earlier this month, he raced to his best finish of his career, taking fourth place at the DXC Technology 600 in Fort Worth, Texas. So far this racing season, he is ranked No. 9 of the 35 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series circuit.
As he climbs the ranks, more eyes should focus on the rookie and his car with the Scouting logo.
More than racing
Promoting the BSA brand at no cost to the BSA is one of the many ways Dale and Gail Coyne support Scouting. The two are recipients of the Silver Buffalo Award, Scouting’s highest honor for adult volunteers.
In recent years, the Coynes’ Scouting investment has expanded beyond the cars on the track. Through garage tours and technology talks, they have given more than 1,000 kids a hands-on experience, showing them the exciting connection between science and racing.
They also offer a really cool Coyne IndyCar STEM Racing patch.
Gail has recently become a BSA National Foundation trustee. The Foundation works with councils and donors to nurture the philanthropic culture of Scouting.
Photos by John R. Fulton Jr.