The Scion FR-S will be joining the ranks of the GTS class in the Pirelli World Challenge series next year, with Robert Stout behind the wheel.
Stout saw much success racing a Scion tC during the 2010 season and will be able to show off just how great of a sports car the FR-S really is, going up against V8-powered Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros in the GTS class. Stout took home the Drivers’ Championship, Rookie of the Year, and Sunoco Hard Charger Awards in his 2010 campaign in Pirelli World Challenge in the Touring Car class. He had a total of five wins, nine podium finishes, and 11 top-five results in 12 starts and one pole. That season also gave Scion its first-ever Touring Car Manufacturers’ Championship.
The 2013 Pirelli World Challenge GTS campaign will be backed by the Japanese automaker along with long-time KSR partner, Lucas Oil.
“This is a great day for sure,” said Robert Stout. “This is what we have been working for over the past seven years. To get picked up by Scion is a very special honor. You can do everything right, put your time in, pay your dues, build relationships, win races and still never get an opportunity like this. It fits like a glove, the car is young and trendy not to mention the hottest release in years for the automotive industry. I fit right into their customer line, Scion is grass roots people and so is our team. There are only three of us, but now we have the needed support from Scion and TRD along with our good friends at Lucas Oil to go up against some of the best factory teams in the business. To be mentioned as part of the outstanding group of factory Scion drivers and join that unique fraternity is definitely one of my career highlights. We love the Pirelli World Challenge format, venues and the crowds they draw, we have a lot of friends there and I can’t wait to get the season started!”
An impressive handling car, the FR-S is significantly down on power compared to many of its class rivals, though sources say the car will sport a supercharger mated to its 2.0-liter boxer engine to keep it competitive.
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