(INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – June 23, 2017) Robert Stout delivered quite a Father’s Day gift to his dad Ken scoring his first career Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires series victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on June 16. Driving the No. 28 Lucas Oil Products / Lucas Oil Racing TV / Mazda Motorsports / SC Fuels / Impact Race Products Mod-Space MX-5 Cup car, Stout also had a strong 2nd place finish in the second race of the double header weekend.
“We kissed the bricks and drank the milk, man what a great weekend!” said Stout. “The guys at McCumbee McAleer Racing gave me a great car. Including the practices, there were seven sessions and we were in the top two for six of them and the top three in all of them. It speaks volumes for this team! My McCumbee McAleer Racing teammate Patrick (Gallagher) and I worked together all weekend and we finished 1st and 2nd in both races, 1st and 2nd in qualifying for the first race, and 1st and 3rd in qualifying for the 2nd race. Patrick is in the lead over all in points and I took over the Rookie of the Year points lead after winning Round 3 and I’m only nine points out of 2nd in the championship. It was a very strong weekend for sure! We needed this win badly and I’m proud to do it 10 minutes from home and for my dad on Father’s Day weekend. What a great place to win for all our sponsors, Lucas Oil Products / Lucas Oil Racing TV / Mazda Motorsports / SC Fuels / Impact Race Products and Mod-Space.”
Starting from second on the grid for Friday June 16’s Round 3 race, Stout took the lead from Gallagher on the second lap, heading the field for 25 of the 26 laps during the 45-minute race.
The entire race ran under green flag conditions from start to finish, and featured some 274 completed passes as the full field diced cleanly in the series’ first-ever run at the fabled Brickyard.
Gallagher, who won the opening two races of the season at Barber Motorsports Park,
was in Stout’s draft for the duration of the race. Gallagher looked to make
a move in the closing moments of the race, but Stout maintained his edge at the checkered flag. When all was said and done the MMR teammates had gapped the field by more than 20 seconds in a truly amazing display of driving prowess.
Saturday’s Round 4 started on a wet track, there were battles all the way through the field with more than 240 on-track passes in the 45-minute race, going from green flag to checkers without a caution period, displaying the durable capabilities of the BFGoodrich Tires.
The MMR teammates dominated the field once again but the finishing order was
flopped with Gallagher crossing the line just two seconds ahead Stout in the 25-lap race, with Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Copeland Motorsports car) coming home third.
“I started 3rd and fell in behind former series champ Todd Lamb but I was able to get by him after a few laps,” said Stout. But those laps allowed Gallagher to gap Stout and the rest of the field by nearly two seconds. Once in clean air Stout pushed hard and finally closed the gap to .17 seconds safely in the draft on the back bumper of Gallagher.
The two MMR drivers worked together again as they slowly drove away from the 26-car field gapping 3rd place by more than 16 seconds.
“It was a little difficult at first in the changing conditions,” said Stout. “I had some battles with Lamb and Mark Drennan which let Gallagher walk away a little. I thought I might have had a little better car and certainly once the track dried out, I got back into the draft and I think I did have the better car. I think I had a car capable of winning but it was on me. I pushed hard to catch him and really leaned on these rain tires even though the track was quickly drying. Patrick was smart and saved some for the end but I just didn’t have the luxury. With about five to go I passed him on the front straight but he used the side draft wisely and pulled back up beside me before turn one. Later that lap I made a small mistake and then with about three laps to go I had used up the rears. I’m not disappointed at all with the result and it was awesome for us to go 1-2 again for McCumbee McAleer Racing.”
After closing a competitive doubleheader at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires drivers and teams visit another bucket list circuit for Rounds 5 & 6 starting June 22 at Road America as part of the Verizon IndyCar Series event weekend.
Live streaming on www.MazdaLive.com will once again be provided by Mazda during the Road America weekend. The opening four rounds of Global MX-5 Cup have generated significant audience growth.
2017 Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires schedule:
Rounds 1 & 2 Barber Motorsports Park (IndyCar) April 21-23
Rounds 3 & 4 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (SVRA) June 16-18
Rounds 5 & 6 Road America (IndyCar) June 22-24
Rounds 7 & 8 Streets of Toronto (IndyCar) July 14-16
Rounds 9 & 10 Watkins Glen International (IndyCar) September 1-3
Rounds 11 & 12 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (IMSA) September 22-24
Global Invitational Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (IMSA) October 13-15
About Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires:
The MX-5 Cup race cars start as complete MX-5 road cars from the Hiroshima, Japan factory before being transported to engineering development partner Long Road Racing in Statesville, North Carolina where they are produced into a race car. The process includes disassembly of the production car, welding and paint of a full roll cage and interior, and assembly of the race car, adding more than 250 motorsports-specific parts. Other components of the car, including the SKYACTIV 2.0 liter engine are sealed to ensure even competition and a cost-effective platform.
The Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires is the signature spec series for the Road to 24 (#MRT24), the sports car counterpart to the Road to Indy (#MRTI). On both paths, Mazda-powered champions earn a scholarship to advance their career. The MX-5 Cup champion earns a $200,000 scholarship.
About Lucas Oil Products:
Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.
About Robert Stout:
Robert Stout has been racing for 11 years, seven of those at the professional level of sports cars and oval racing including Grand-Am/Rolex series, Continental Tire series, IMSA, Pirelli World Challenge, King of the Wing Sprint car series (competing in 900HP asphalt winged sprint cars) and the USAC Silver Crown. Stout has driven sports cars across all classes including GT, GS, GTS, ST, and TC.
With a diverse background of motorsports he is also an instructor at the Bondurant High Performance Driving School and the BMW Performance Center West Thermal, CA. honing his skills at least five days a week working with and competing against some of the best drivers in the country. Robert is also very proud to say he’s had the honor of working with some of the elite members of the armed forces including the Green Berets and Navy Seals.
About McCumbee McAleer Racing:
In 2015, North Carolina’s Chad McCumbee joined forces with 2012 Playboy MX-5 Cup Champion Stevan McAleer to form McCumbee McAleer Racing (MMR).
Based in McCumbee’s hometown of Supply, North Carolina, MMR features what is one of the most competitive driver pairings in North American road racing. McCumbee, 30, is a former stock car driver, with four years of NASCAR Camping World Truck and Sprint Cup Series. “Chad’s first ever sports car race was actually the same weekend as my first sports car race in the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup as team mates under CJ Wilson Racing at Sebring International Raceway,” says McAleer, first-hand witness to McCumbee’s rapid transition to road racing. He has completed this with unusual success, highlighted by a sensational pole position in qualifying at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
A resident of Cold Spring, New York, McAleer (30) is a native of Glasgow, Scotland who won the 2012 MX5 Playboy Club Championship with CJ Wilson Racing in dominating fashion, and is considered by many as the best MX-5 driver in the country. The four-time Scottish karting champion was again at the wheel of an MX-5 in 2013 and 2014. Competing in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Championship with CJ Wilson Racing and ModSpace Motorsports, Stevan has forged a reputation for sheer speed and precise aggressiveness.
Ken Stout Racing is proudly partnered with:
Lucas Oil Products: www.lucasoil.com
Lucas Oil Racing TV: www.Lucasoilracing.TV
SC Fuels: www.scfuels.com
Impact by MasterCraft: www.impactraceproducts.com
FatHeadz EYEWEAR: www.fatheadz.com
Marty Logan’s House of Colour: www.martylogan.com
P.C.I. Race Radios: www.pciraceradios.com