K&N Engineering Car and Driver Ready for X Games Rally
Dreams do come true when you have the hard work and skill to back it up.
Former Mitsubishi USA driver Lauchlin O’Sullivan and co-driver Scott Putnam’s
podium finish at Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) earned O’ Sullivan
a chance to compete at the first X Games Rally.
“I finished third overall against a host of top-tier competitors battling
flat out for just two qualifying positions at the X Games,” said O’Sullivan.
“Going into the X Games is incredible. It is a huge deal for me.”
The two fastest drivers in northern Pennsylvania who had not already been
invited to compete earned an automatic invitation to the X Games at this rally.
It was one of the strongest fields assembled in the history of STPR, something
racers were willing to fight for. SRT USA drivers Travis Pastrana and Ken Block
took 2nd overall, but were already invited to the X Games. Their finish at this
event did not affect their X Games participation.
“The race was intense,” said O’Sullivan. “The car could be geared to go faster
but in this race I’m looking for low end power and torque.” The race is a rally
enthusiast’s dream come true. It consists of twists and turns, fast straights
and deep water crossing. “It’s the extreme radical sport, it’s down and dirty,”
said O’Sullivan. “There is a 40 to 50 percent attrition rate. We keep the car on
the road most of the time and finished 25 of 28 events over the last 3 years.”
O’Sullivan said they had differential trouble during the STPR Pennsylvania Rally
and had to change the transmission mid-event. “We would have taken 2nd but had
to stop,” he said. “The gear box would not have lasted another stage in the 10
O’Sullivan is also a stunt car driver for television commercials and the movie
industry. He kept his racing hat in the ring and always finished on the podium
over the past six years. “I needed a car for the X Games,” he said. “With the
help of K&N Engineering and borrowing money from family and friends I now have a
Sullivan will be driving a K&N Subaru in the X Games. “I can’t wait to see the
K&N car,” he said. “Even before we were sponsored by K&N I used K&N Filters. You
can’t beat the performance and K&N Filters keep the dust and dirt out of the
The first part of the race will be in the Angeles National Forest. The second
leg will be at the Home Depot Center near Los Angeles, California. O’Sullivan,
is waiting for the big race. “Stunt driving is the best job in the world, but
only when I’m not racing,” he said. “Racing is the best job in the world.”
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