Robert Stout to make his USAC Debut at the "Carb Night Classic...The Race before the 500"
Robert Stout of Brownsburg, Indiana a two-time National Champion in sports car racing and the reigning King of the Wing Rookie of the Year will compete against the best of the United States Auto Club (USAC) Silver Crown series competitors Friday night May 27th at Lucas Oil Raceway in the "Carb Night Classic...The Race before the 500".
Besides winning the 2015 King of the Wing sprint car series Rookie of the Year title, the 24 year old Stout’s career accomplishments include the 2010 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Pirelli World Challenge touring car championship and the 2009 National Auto Sport Association (NASA) Performance Touring A championship. When not racing, Stout, the son of Lucas Oil TV announcer Ken Stout is an instructor at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance driving.
"What an awesome opportunity," said Stout. "I have to thank Mike Bowman and Brad Armstrong for taking a chance on me and without the wonderful people of Lucas Oil this would just not be possible. This is a huge event with tons of exposure in front of all the right people and I can't imagine being with a better team. In a perfect world I wish I had some seat time in one of these things since they do drive a good bit different than the winged sprint cars not to mention the races are 60 laps longer than anything we do but I wouldn't trade this opportunity for the world."
Stout will join Tanner Swanson as a teammate driving for Mike Bowman of Bowman Racing in Brad Armstrong's Beast chassis USAC Silver Crown car. Stout will make his debut with the support of his long time sponsor Lucas Oil Products as they debut the Lucas Oil Racing TV No. 21 machine.
Mike Bowman has had incredible success with his racing endeavors as a team owner over the years including multiple wins at the Little 500 with Eric Gordon behind the wheel and wins at the “Carb Night Classic” last year with Swanson.
"We are part-time racers at this point," said Bowman. "We don't run the entire Silver Crown series but when we do come out we have full intentions of winning. We tested Stout a couple of years ago and he did a solid job right away. Lately he's been driving a winged sprint car for Davey Hamilton and has done a great job so the timing just made sense to put him in the second car and give him a shot. We know the car is good as Ryan Newman set fast time with it last year but Robert is brand new to the USAC Silver Crown game and these 100 lap events can get pretty tricky at the end. Crew Chief Brent Elmore is extremely talented, Tanner will work with him and Eric Gordon will be his spotter so Robert will be surrounded by some very good people."
Information and graphics provided by Stuart Rowlands of Lucas Oil / MAVTV Public Relations