Boat 'Stepping Out 4 Hope' at Kentucky Speedway

Boat 'Stepping Out 4 Hope' at Kentucky Speedway

(PHOENIX, Ariz. - September 18, 2013) - Billy Boat Motorsports announced today that ARCA Racing Series driver Chad Boat will drive the No. 84 Toyota at Kentucky Speedway to bring awareness to the ‘Stepping Out 4 Hope' Foundation. The fundraising initiative was started by Katie Wagner, a 17-year-old high school student, after finding out she was diagnosed with rare form of cancer.

"Katie's faith and strength inspires everyone who's heard her story," Boat said. "It's incredible that even though she's battling cancer for the second time in just two years, Katie remains focused on helping the children in Africa with the ‘Stepping Out 4 Hope' foundation. I'm proud to support Katie this weekend. This race is for her."   

boatcandid2013.jpgWith eight starts recorded in the ARCA Racing Series, Boat heads to Kentucky with momentum after earning his third-career top-five finish at Iowa Speedway, where he led 53 laps - the most of any driver. Boat also completed a successful test at Kansas Speedway just last week to prepare for the 1.5-mile track in Sparta, Kentucky. 

The ARCA Racing Series ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky Speedway will air live on Friday, September 20 on FOX Sports 1 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.


Katie's Story: In October 2011, Katie Wagner was a 15-year-old high school sophomore who began to experience stomach pains and went to the doctor for a routine check-up. They discovered a tumor the size of an egg blocking her bladder and diagnosed her with a rare form of Stage 4 cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma, which only impacts about five in one million kids. With the support of her family, she immediately began aggressive chemotherapy that would last more than a year. It was challenging, but her faith, family and friends gave her the strength to fight. In February 2013, the cancer that had been throughout her body was completely gone and all scans were clear. However, just a few months later, more scans were done and the cancer had returned. Katie, who is now just 17-years-old and fighting a second battle with cancer, has inspired people around the world. For more information on Katie, please visit


‘Stepping Out 4 Hope' was started by Katie Wagner and two of her friends after Katie was diagnosed with a rare form  of cancer. "We had been planning our first big mission trip when I was diagnosed, and my doctors didn't exactly give me much hope," Katie stated. "I was told that in the condition my body was in I would have 2 months to a year to live, and that's when I realized there is something bigger in life than just living. It was then that I had to make the best of the mission field God had planned for me here!" Their goal is to raise enough money to finish building a school in Liberia, Africa to give the youth in the village the gift of education and help them grow as a community. Katie added, "One of the biggest journeys for my life is this mission."