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 Xfinity Series career
1 race run over 1 year
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 racing results[edit]

(key)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
1986 Marsh Holt Racing PHX1
4
MIL
11
MEA
7
TOR POC
8
MDO
5
ROA
6
LS
8
PHX2
3
MIA
8
6th 67
1987 Machinist Union Racing PHX
10
MIL
13
MEA CLE TOR POC MDO NZR LS MIA 24th 4

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1996 Pagan Racing Reynard 94i Ford XB V8t WDW PHX INDY
DNQ
NC -
1996–1997 A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 NHM LVS WDW PHX INDY
7
LV2
23
18th 151
G-Force GF01 TXS
2
CLT
2
NH2
8
PDM Racing Dallara IR7 PPIR
19
1998 A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara IR8 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 WDW
21
PHX
3
INDY
23
TXS
1
NHM
21
DOV CLT PPIR
9
ATL
12
TX2
14
LVS
26
13th 194
1999 A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 WDW
9
PHX
4
CLT
C
INDY
3
TXS
24
PPIR
24
ATL
10
DOV
4
PPI2
13
LVS
22
TX2
9
12th 204
2000 Team Pelfrey Dallara IR-00 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 WDW
9
PHX
6
LVS
7
TXS
23
PPIR
18
ATL
8
KTY
18
TX2
3
10th 181
A. J. Foyt Enterprises G-Force GF05 INDY
15
2001 Curb/Agajanian
Beck Motorsports
Dallara IR-01 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 PHX
5
HMS
13
ATL
14
INDY
9
TXS
5
PPIR
4
RIR
18
KAN
9
NSH
2
KTY
6
STL
6
CHI
12
TX2
12
4th 313
2002 Agajanian/Boat Racing Dallara IR-02 Chevrolet Indy V8 HMS
16
PHX
8
FON
18
NZR
8
INDY
18
TXS
7
PPIR
14
RIR
22
13th 225
Infiniti VRH35ADE V8 KAN
9
NSH
14
MIS
14
KTY
19
STL
23
CHI
19
TX2
24
2003 Panther Racing Dallara IR-03 Chevrolet Indy V8 HMS
PHX
MOT
INDY
32
TXS
PPIR
RIR
KAN
NSH
MIS
STL
KTY
NZR
CHI
FON
TX2
37th 1

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1996 Reynard 94i Ford XB V8t DNQ Pagan Racing
1997 Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 22 7 A.J. Foyt Enterprises
1998 Dallara IR8 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 1 23 A.J. Foyt Enterprises
1999 Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 3 3 A.J. Foyt Enterprises
2000 G-Force GF05 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 31 15 A.J. Foyt Enterprises
2001 Dallara IR-01 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 32 9 CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports
2002 Dallara IR-02 Chevrolet Indy V8 23 18 Agajanian/Boat Racing
2003 Dallara IR-03 Chevrolet Indy V8 29 32 Panther Racing

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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