by STEM Scouts
Originally posted on Bryan On Scouting on May 8, 2015.
A whole lot of STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — goes into a NASCAR truck.
Tonight, a whole lot of STEM will go onto one, as well.
The STEM Scouts logo will feature prominently on Scott Lagasse Jr.’s No. 31 truck in tonight’s Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
The race begins at 8:30 p.m. (EDT) tonight, and you can watch it live on Fox Sports 1. (What channel is Fox Sports 1 on your TV? Click here to find out.)
Viewers who tune in and see Scott Lagasse Jr.’s truck won’t be able to miss the big words on both sides, the hood and the back tailgate: “STEM SCOUTS.”
Their first reaction likely will be “what’s a STEM Scout?” — and that’s exactly the point.
A quick Google search will send them to the official STEM Scouts website where they can learn more about this awesome new program.
Scott Lagasse Jr., the man driving this STEM Scouts promotion on wheels, has been a friend of Scouting for some time. He’s given a Cub Scout a ride to school in his BSA race car, allowed jamboree Scouts to help build him a car and later raced the Scout-built car to victory.
That’s just the beginning. Everywhere he goes with the NASCAR Xfinity Series and now the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Scotty takes time to meet with Scouts and show off his ride.
He’s helping steer the BSA in the right direction, so let’s watch and cheer him on to victory tonight.
An important reminder about BSA Racing
To, hopefully, stave off any misconceptions, I’ve started including this reminder with all of my posts about BSA Racing, which includes the IndyCar team and the NASCAR Nationwide Series team:
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.