Here's all you need to know about the drivers taking part in the 2019 ARX2 Championship.

 

DirtFish Motorsports

 
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#35 Fraser McConnell

Team: DirtFish Motorsports

Nationality: Jamaica

Age: 21 years old

Hometown: Bog Walk, Jamaica

Fraser McConnell will once again line up in ARX2 in 2019, as he bids to establish himself following a successful formative career in his Jamaican homeland. McConnell’s early success in motocross, karting and rallying on the Caribbean island twice earned him the ‘Jamaican Driver of the Year’ accolade – in 2015 and 2016. After discovering rallycross on YouTube, he first competed in the discipline last year finishing 4th in the overall standings.

McConnell once again drives for DirtFish Motorsports in 2019, where he will be looking to mount a serious title challenge.

 

#70 Brad DeBerti

Team: DirtFish Motorsports

Nationality: USA

Age: 25 years old

Hometown: Bakersfield, California

Brad DeBerti is the latest in a long line of rallycross rookies to join DirtFish Motorsports. He has a successful history competing in off-road short course racing where he was the 2015 Rookie of the Year and quickly won his first championship the following year in the Pro-Lite category. In 2018, he earned the NASCAR State Rookie of the Year title.

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Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

 
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#53 Cole Keatts

Team: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Nationality: USA

Age: 18 years old

Hometown: Lewiston, Idaho

Cole Keatts, 17, is one of the most versatile drivers to have driven for the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Rallycross operation with a wide variety of racing experience including rallycross in Europe (RX2) and North America (ARX2), off-road short track (won a national championship), karting as well as competing in stock cars on the road course, pavement and dirt ovals (K&N West Series).

Finishing the inaugural ARX2 season sixth (including a podium on his first time out), the 17-year-old is looking forward to visiting new circuits in 2019 and will be looking for more podiums throughout the year.

 
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#24 Sage Karam

Team: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Nationality: USA

Age: 24 years old

Hometown: Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Sage Karam, 24, began his racing career at age nine in karting and made the rapid rise to an open-wheel star with championship runs in 2010 with the USF2000 title and in 2013 with the Indy Lights crown in 2013.

The Nazareth, Pa., racer began his IndyCar Series career in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 when he drove from the 31st position to ninth at the checkered flag and was honored as “Hard Charger of the Race” as a rookie. Karam will attempt to qualify for his sixth Indy 500 next month in the No. 24 WIX Filters DRR Chevrolet.

Karam’s racing career has also included sports cars but the ARX2 class action will be Sage’s initial venture into rallycross

 
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#48 JR Hildebrand

Team: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Nationality: USA

Age: 31 years old

Hometown: Sausalito, California

Veteran Indy 500 racer JR Hildebrand joins DRR for the first four rounds of ARX2 2019. The 31-year-old California native is no stranger to various forms of motorsports including competing in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Formula DRIFT action as well as sports cars. In his open-wheel career, JR captured the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship (2006) and the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship (2009).

For the past two Indy 500 races, Hildebrand has driven for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and placed 11th and 20th. JR began his IndyCar Series career driving for DRR in 2010 with races at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma.

 
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#28 Gray Leadbetter

Team: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Nationality: USA

Age: 14 years old

Hometown: Morganton, North Carolina

Gray Leadbetter, 14, has already experienced a well-rounded motorsports career which has included two-wheel and four-wheel competition despite her young age. Her racing experience started with a 50cc motorcycle at age three, but since then, Leadbetter has gone on to win back-to-back regional amateur Arenacross championships and an international karting title, as well as compete in UTV off-road racing and Mini-Outlaw sprints.

Trained by the 2004 Indy 500 champion Buddy Rice, Leadbetter has also recently tested out a Dodge Hellcat, Dodge Viper, Formula Mazda, ARX2 Rallycross car, RX2 Rallycross car in Europe as well as a Late Model at Hickory Motor Speedway. Leadbetter’s accomplishments also include being the youngest driver in the FlatOut and DirtFish Rally events, as well as a participant in the 2018 Winter Subaru driving event in Wisconsin. She was also the recipient of the 2018 Pippa Mann Scholarship that rewarded her with a chance to participate in the Lucas Oil School of Racing.

 
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#21 Conner Martell

Team: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Nationality: USA

Age: 22 years old

Hometown: Colchester, Vermont

The 2018 ARX2 Champion returns to the grid in 2019 with four-car powerhouse, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. The 22-year-old from Colchester, Vermont is back in ARX2 in hopes to capture the ARX2. Championship and scholarship prize. In 2018, Martell won three of the five events, including sweeping the weekend in Trois-Rivieres en route to claiming his first rallycross championship with DirtFish Motorsports.

Alongside teammates Cole Keatts, Gray Leadbetter and JR Hildebrand, Martell will compete with partners WIX Filters and ISMI Springs in the No. 21 car.

 

#55 LANE VACALA

Team: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Nationality: USA

Age: 22 years old

Hometown: Antioch, Illinois

Vacala, 22, made his ARX2 debut at Trois-Rivieres while continuing his successful karting career including as a member of the Factory Compkart racing team in the J3 Competition. Lane has been a top nationally-ranked karting racer for the past five years and won the Great Lakes Sprint Series Championship in 2014. The young karting standout made his rallycross debut with Dreyer and Reinbold Racing this summer in the No. 55 Tyler Lane Construction ARX2 machine. Along with his North American events, Vacala will be competing overseas in the RX2 International series in France and South Africa.

Alongside teammates Cole Keatts, Gray Leadbetter and Conner Martell, Vacala will compete with partners Tyler Lane Construction, Justice Brothers, WIX Filters and Oil2Soil.

Buhl Sport Detroit

 
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#4 Alex Keyes

Team: Buhl Sport Detroit

Nationality: USA

Age: 22 years old

Hometown: Folsom, California

Alex Keyes put in a strong effort last season, finishing third overall in ARX2 Championship standings and landing on the podium three times. Two of those times—the final weekend doubleheader at Circuit of The Americas—Keyes was on top.

One of the favorites for the title in 2019, Keyes will be looking to mount a challenge for the top step of the podium at every round this year.

 

Loenbro Motorsports with AF Racing

 
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#09 Michael Leach

Team: Loenbro Motorsports with AF Racing

Nationality: USA

Age: 15 years old

Hometown: Sun River, Montana

Young off-road star Michael Leach makes his rallycross debut driving for Supercar powerhouse, Loenbro Motorsports. Alongside a partnership with AF Racing, Leach and the team are both new to ARX2, but will be looking to immediately contend for podium finishes beginning at the ARX of Gateway in the No. 09 American Grinders ARX2 car. Coaching Leach is his mentor, Steve Arpin, who has guided him from his racing days in quarter midgets when he was just 8 years old to his IMCA modified race earlier this season.