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.”
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.
K&N Engineering Subaru Team
Rough conditions for
Lauchlin O'Sullivan and Scott Putnam
“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.”
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.
K&N Subaru at Sno*Drift Rally
Temperatures ranged from 0 to 18 degrees
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
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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