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Ken Stout Racing Completes First Full Race at Long Beach
Posted by: newsla on May 09, 2013 - 04:07 PM
American Le Mans Series News
Ken Stout Racing Completes First Full Race at Long Beach

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend was both busy and eventful, and like St. Petersburg, tested the mettle of the KSR Team. From a spun rod bearing on Friday, to a complete engine rebuild on Saturday – there wasn’t much time for sleep.


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Robert Stout signs autographs at the Thunder on Pine street party

This was a huge event with over 150,000 fans attending over the three-day weekend. On Thursday night, the Lucas Oil, TRD, Eaton Corp., E3 Spark Plugs Scion FR-S was on display in downtown Long Beach for the Thunder on Pine street party that included Pirelli World Challenge cars, a freestyle motocross exhibition and the IndyCar pit stop contest. Thousands of eager fans filled the streets for the three-hour event to get a close look at the cars and receive autographs from the drivers.

As with St. Petersburg, the KSR team learned much about the new FR-S platform. “Our horsepower numbers were up at Long Beach courtesy of a new dry sump oil system and dyno tuning. A new Hewland Engineering 5-speed transmission was installed, as was a proper shroud with an extra radiator fan for more cooling,” said team principal Ken Stout.

Completely disassembled FA-20 engine

On Friday during Lap 2 of the first practice session, the KSR Team encountered a rod bearing failure on a new engine that had only five hours on it. Oil pressure was good all the way through the failure so the cause was something other than related to oil. Ken Stout located a short block in Oceanside, CA from Crawford Performance and made the three-hour round trip to get it on Saturday. In an all-out effort Saturday night Co-Crew Chiefs Eric Arms, Mark Canup and engine builder Ricky Fred built the new short block on the table in the pits. At 4:30am Sunday, the engine was installed and fired back to life.

KSR Scion FR-S competing at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Some easy check-out laps in the qualifying session Sunday morning proved the team’s effort was all worth while as all went well. For Sunday afternoon’s race, Robert Stout and the No. 86 Scion FR-S started 24th in the GTS class and 50 minutes later completed their first full race, passing 11 cars over all including five class cars.

“The effort these guys put forth was nothing short of exceptional,” said the 2010 World Challenge Championship TC driver Stout. “Everybody came together on this one and dug deep. Now we have some data to work with and we know exactly what to address for the next race at The Circuit of The Americas. There is no question we have a car that is capable of a top 10 finish with a little more work. It was a tough weekend but we are excited about the potential of this car.”

The KSR Team now heads to the beautiful Circuit of The Americas (COTA) track located in Austin, TX for the next GT/GTS rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge, May 17th-19th.

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