ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. (June 25, 2017) Robert Stout scored another Top 5 Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup finish in competition at Road America June 23-24. Stout, driving the No. 28 Lucas Oil Products / Lucas Oil Racing TV / Mazda Motorsports / SC Fuels / Impact Race Products Mod-Space MX-5 Cup car finished 5th in Round 6 on Saturday, but did not finish Round 5 on Friday after contact with another competitor.
Stout qualified 8th for Round 5 in another highly competitive qualifying session. “We were P1 in the first part of qualifying, but then there was a red flag and that bunched everyone up. We had a strange qualifying session with huge packs of drafting and there were a couple of guys in the front two rows that usually don’t have the speed to be up there,” said Robert Stout. “The pack racing here is like no other I’ve ever seen, it’s crazy! There are groups of 10 to 12 cars all nose-to-tail and it makes it almost impossible to put a clean lap together, but at the same time you need that draft to get a good lap time so it’s a necessary evil in qualifying and we just never hit it perfect.”
Round 5 proved to be another thrilling Global MX-5 Cup race. Slowed by just one caution period midway through the event, the race featured five different leaders and at the checkered the top seven drivers finished within two seconds of the race winner.
Stout started alongside teammate and points leader Patrick Gallagher and both McCumbee McAleer Racing drivers looked to charge to the front of the pack. Gallagher quickly moved up into the top 4, but Stout was shuffled back to 11th. Undeterred Stout started picking his way back up and had worked himself into the top 7 with the top 9 all running as one huge pack. The No. 11 ALARA Racing car of Ara Malkhassian was getting shuffled back after starting on the front row and was next on Stout’s list. But contact between the two brought out the caution. Both cars retired from the race – neither driver was injured.
“Ara had just been passed by two cars on his left side and I was there as well,” Stout said. “We were lining up for a flat out right hander and I was on the outside so I laid back to give him some room, but he just never turned in. Everyone turned right including me, but he was still fading left to open the turn hitting my right front fender. It turned him sideways in front of me and we sailed off the track in to the tire barrier. I just had no choice and nowhere to go. I feel terrible for the MMR guys who gave me a car capable of winning. We also lost the Rookie of the Year points lead as well so this was a huge hit in more ways than one. On a bright note, Gallagher went on to win (by a mere .0263 seconds) so that’s five consecutive wins for the MMR team, man what a start to the season!”
Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires Round 6
For the second time in as many races, Round 6 came down to a last lap drag race to the finish line in another thrilling round of Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires action.
A 10-lap run of green flag racing led to the checkers. The race featured 285 passes for position as the top nine all finished within 1.1251-seconds of the race winner. Stout started 5th and worked his way to the front of the 26-car field with four laps to go and was the race leader when the white flag flew.
“Man, what a crazy race”, said Stout. “I’ve never seen such huge packs of racing!
In the end, Nathanial Sparks in the No. 8 Mazda Road to 24 Scholarship car scored a victory by 0.0468-seconds over 2009 Series champion Lamb in the No. 84 McDonalds/Atlanta Speedwerks entry. Ortiz led two laps and set the 2nd quickest race lap on his way to a fourth place finish to grow his advantage in the rookie standings as he targets the $50,000 scholarship award from Mazda. Leading three laps and setting the 3rd quickest lap of the race fellow rookie Stout finished fifth as the battle for Rookie of the Year continues with only nine points separating the two.
“It’s the most fun I’ve ever had in a race car”, Stout said. “I learned a lot at Indy about side drafting and I learned a lot today about living in the rearview mirror. I can’t thank all the guys at MMR enough for all their hard work last night. This car was perfect today after the wreck yesterday, I just wish I could’ve finished on the podium for them. I got caught out but it won’t happen again!”
The Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires will stage Rounds 7 & 8 of the 2017 season on the Streets of Toronto July 14-16 as part of the Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend. Full results can be found at mx-5cup.com/results
2017 Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires schedule:
Rounds 1 & 2
Rounds 3 & 4
Rounds 5 & 6
Rounds 7 & 8
Rounds 9 & 10
Rounds 11 & 12
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Streets of Toronto
Watkins Glen International
Mazda RCWAY Lag Seca
Mazda RCWAY Lag Seca
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:
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