Billy Boat

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Billy Boat
BillyBoatMay2007.jpg
Billy Boat (right) preparing tires for his son Chad's sprint car in 2007
Nationality  United States
Born (1966-02-02) February 2, 1966 (age 48)
Phoenix, Arizona
IndyCar Series
Years active 1996-2003
Teams A. J. Foyt Enterprises
PDM Racing
Team Pelfrey
Beck Motorsports
Curb Agajanian Performance Group
Panther Racing
Starts 75
Wins 1
Poles 9
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 4th in 2001
Previous series
1986-1987 Indy Lights
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best finish 135th (2003)
First race 2003 Bashas' Supermarkets 200 (Phoenix
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

William "Billy" Leonard Boat (born February 2, 1966 in Phoenix, Arizona) is a former American open wheel driver who raced in the Indy Racing League.

Racing career[edit]

Boat began his career in USAC where he won 11 straight Western Series races on his way to the 1995 championship. He won the Turkey Night Grand Prix midget car race in 1995. He was a three-peat winner in the event after winning in 1996 and 1997. He made his first IRL start in 1997 Indianapolis 500 driving for A.J. Foyt Enterprises. In 1998 he won 6 poles, including 5 in a row, both league records, and won his first race at Texas Motor Speedway. It was his only IRL victory. He is one of the few drivers with the distinction to have started from both the pole (1998) and final 33rd (2000, 2001) starting position in the Indy 500. He has not appeared in an IRL race since the 2003 Indianapolis 500.

Personal life[edit]

Boat is a graduate of Arizona State University. In 1986 he founded Billy Boat Performance Exhaust, a company that makes performance exhaust systems for luxury and high performance cars, light trucks, and high performance watercraft.

In 2014, Billy's son Chad will compete for NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year honors in a family-owned number 84 Chevrolet Camaro or Impala.

Motorsports career results[edit]

American open–wheel[edit]

(key)

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1996 Pagan United States
WDW
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
DNQ
NC -
1996–1997 Foyt United States
NHM
United States
LVS
United States
WDW
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
7
United States
TXS
2
United States
CLT
2
United States
NH2
8
United States
LV2
23
18th 151
PDM United States
PPIR
19
1998 Foyt United States
WDW
21
United States
PHX
3
United States
INDY
23
United States
TXS
1
United States
NHM
21
United States
DOV
United States
CLT
United States
PPIR
9
United States
ATL
12
United States
TX2
14
United States
LVS
26
13th 194
1999 Foyt United States
WDW
9
United States
PHX
4
United States
CLT
C
United States
INDY
3
United States
TXS
24
United States
PPIR
24
United States
ATL
10
United States
DOV
4
United States
PPI2
13
United States
LVS
22
United States
TX2
9
12th 204
2000 Pelfrey United States
WDW
9
United States
PHX
6
United States
LVS
7
United States
TXS
23
United States
PPIR
18
United States
ATL
8
United States
KTY
18
United States
TX2
3
10th 181
Foyt United States
INDY
15
2001 Beck United States
PHX
5
United States
HMS
13
United States
ATL
14
United States
INDY
9
United States
TXS
5
United States
PPIR
4
United States
RIR
18
United States
KAN
9
United States
NSH
2
United States
KTY
6
United States
STL
6
United States
CHI
12
United States
TX2
12
4th 313
2002 Agajanian/Boat United States
HMS
16
United States
PHX
8
United States
FON
18
United States
NZR
8
United States
INDY
18
United States
TXS
7
United States
PPIR
14
United States
RIR
22
United States
KAN
9
United States
NSH
14
United States
MIS
14
United States
KTY
19
United States
STL
23
United States
CHI
19
United States
TX2
24
13th 225
2003 Panther United States
HMS
United States
PHX
Japan
MOT
United States
INDY
32
United States
TXS
United States
PPIR
United States
RIR
United States
KAN
United States
NSH
United States
MIS
United States
STL
United States
KTY
United States
NZR
United States
CHI
United States
FON
United States
TX2
37th 1

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1996 Reynard Ford-Cosworth Failed to Qualify Pagan
1997 Dallara Oldsmobile 22nd 7th Foyt
1998 Dallara Oldsmobile 1st 23rd Foyt
1999 Dallara Oldsmobile 3rd 3rd Foyt
2000 G-Force Oldsmobile 31st 15th Foyt
2001 Dallara Oldsmobile 32nd 9th CURB Agajanian
2002 Dallara Chevrolet 23rd 18th Agajanian/Boat
2003 Dallara Chevrolet 29th 32nd Panther

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Busch Series[edit]

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