Billy Boat

Billy Boat

Infobox racing driver
name = Billy Boat

pixels =
caption = Billy Boat (right) preparing tires for his son Chad's sprint car in 2007
nationality = USA
date of birth = Birth date and age|1966|2|2
place of birth = Phoenix, Arizona
date of death =
retired =
related to = | last series = Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
years active = 1996-2003
teams = A. J. Foyt Enterprises
PDM Racing
Team Pelfrey
Beck Motorsports
CURB/Agajanian/Boat Indy Racing
Panther Racing
starts = 75
wins = 1
poles = 9
fastest laps = 0
best finish = 4th
year = 2001
prev series = Indy Lights
prev series years = 1986-1987
titles =
title years =
awards =
award years =

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.

Boat is a graduate of Arizona State University. He 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.

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.

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