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Sno*Drift Rally Tough for K&N Engineering Subaru Team
K&N Engineering is proud to announce our continued support of Lauchlin O’Sullivan and Scott Putnam in the 2007 Rally America Series and their pursuit of an X-Games Championship win.
The first event of the 2007 Rally American Championship was tough at the Sno*Drift Rally in Michigan. Temperatures ranged between 0 and 18 degrees and the cold combined with a very hot motor hurt O’Sullivan and Putnam. “I killed the car on a slow corner, and it would not start up again because of the temperatures,” said O’Sullivan. “We lost more than a minute and that was one of many situations that caused us finish 9th.”
K&N Engineering Subaru Team
Rough conditions for Lauchlin O'Sullivan and Scott Putnam
The K&N Engineering Subaru Team went to the event prepared with a wide assortment of mounted ice and snow tires. The conditions on the course ranged from deep snow to only a few inches. There was loose snow and hard packed snow to contend with and the teams went from ice to frozen gravel or dirt in minutes.
“It’s really a shame when your team and car are running well, and you don’t take advantage,” said O’Sullivan. “Against a strong field, where any one of nine teams could have won the event, we could not afford any mistakes. Right away, I started out with the wrong tire choice.”
K&N Subaru at Sno*Drift Rally
Temperatures ranged from 0 to 18 degrees
On the second day of the Sno*Drift Rally, there were 10 stages, more cold, more snow and everything looked gray from the lighting. A very competitive field of 50 cars drove under these conditions until dark.
The K&N Subaru Team chose a tire that would not be the best in any one situation and at the same time would not hinder the car under any conditions.
“We did come back the next day and proved we could run top-five times,” said O’Sullivan. “The longest stage of the day was cancelled because of a couple of snow mobiles that mistakenly went on the course. Our 9th place finish was because of our mistakes and because of some really great drivers. There was also a lack of DNF’s (did not finish) by all the other competitors ahead of us. Typically in a race like this 60 percent of the top runners go off the road. This time, no one did.”
At K&N Engineering, Rally is an ideal showcase and proving ground for the High-Flow Technology of our Air and Oil Filters. K&N’s development time with teams like this is as important as the research and development that takes place in our laboratories. Rally is unique in that it presents an environment where many elements are present, from dust to snow to dirt to gravel. The cars breathe through a mandated restrictor plate, just like NASCAR. However, unlike NASCAR, these engines are small displacement turbocharged engines running high levels of boost that are essentially highly tuned variations of what a consumer might drive on the street. For this reason, consistent air flow, low maintenance, durability and superior filtration are critical in these applications. The development that takes place as a result of racing with teams like this improves K&N’s consumer product lines.
“We ran K&N Oil and Air Filter during the Rally,” said O’Sullivan. “It was nice to have a product we did not have to worry about. Our K&N Filters got the job done.”
The 2007 Rally American Championship moves to the Ozark Mountains of Missouri for the 100 Acre Wood Rally February 23 -24.
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K&N Engineering, Inc., with headquarters in Riverside, California, has been the world's leader in performance filter technology since 1969, serving the needs of the automotive, motorcycle, marine, industrial and military markets. K&N is heavily involved in nearly every form of motorsports from off-road and powersports to drag racing, stock cars and road racing. For more information about K&N Filters, please contact K&N Engineering, Inc., P.O. Box 1329, Riverside, CA 92502-1329, (800) 213-4182 for a dealer near you, (800) 858-3333 for technical service/questions, (951) 826-4001 Fax, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.knfilters.com.
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