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after a behind-the-scenes IndyCar racing experience, that he was going to Purdue University to become an engineer. “He would not have had that experience without Scouting,” Dale says. “It teaches you leadership and gives you drive and desire.” In addition to getting to sit inside show cars, Scouts who visit with the DCR team see on big-screen monitors how technicians use comput- ers to tune the cars and plan the race strategies. The experi- ence serves as an eye-opening indication of the amount of technology incorporated into these vehicles. “They thought it was just a racecar that goes around the track,” Dale says. “It’s like a control room at NASA. They never realized that happened for a racecar.” With 2.8 million active

Scouts, about half that many adult leaders, and 50 million alumni, Scouting represents an unmatched opportunity for DCR to reach out to current and potential race fans. For instance, about 1.5 million Scouts live within 100 miles of cities where the Coyne cars race during a typical year. But the Coynes believe that more


can be done to expose kids to cutting-edge STEM topics in a riveting racing format. Dale envisions a mobile unit incorporating show racecars and demonstrations of the high-tech design and components that go into the vehicle. This would allow them to bring the show and the appeal to venues far from any racetrack. “Think of large camporees where you can reach thousands of kids in a weekend,” he says. “We can’t bring all the kids to the races.”

The Coynes also hope

that they can leverage their involvement with Scouting as encouragement for other sup- porters to come on board and enable that expansion of the program away from the track. “We’re looking to grow the program into a full show-car event that travels the country through the entire year and not just the towns where we race,” Gail says.

After 34 starts as a driver

and 367 starts during 28 years as an owner, including

Dale and a Cub Scout share a similar youthful smile during a hands-on demonstration inside a racecar.

a best-ever first-place finish at Watkins Glen in 2009, Dale has come a long way from that first pinewood derby. He regards his involvement with Scouting through DCR, though, not as an ending but as a beginning. “It’s a great tool for the Scouts, and they’ve done a great job of using it,” Dale says. “But we can do more.”

Lessons in how to be a good person

DALE AND GAIL COYNE don’t have any children of their own. At least, until recently. “They now tell us we have 2.8 million kids,” Gail says. “That’s fine with us.” Of course, the involvement of the Coynes

and Dale Coyne Racing with Scouting involves more than surrogate parenting of a few million boys. The Coynes chose to support Scouting because they like what the movement does for boys of all ages, all places, and all circumstances. “Scouting seems to give them a stable

and rounded view of the things that are happening,” Gail says. “Not to mention the life skills.” Scouts, she says, grow up better equipped to prosper in the 21st century, thanks to lessons about self-reliance and leadership they learn in the program. Dale points to similar explanations for

the connection. “It’s because of the values it teaches you—how to be a good person, how to be a good citizen, how to take care of the environment and be a leader,” he says. The Coynes and Scouting also share an over-

arching vision and objective of getting boys interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. But for the Coynes, it’s hard to ignore the

joy of interacting with Scouts. “They sit in that show car and their faces just light up,” Dale says. “They’re beaming at getting to do something they never thought they could.”

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