Motorsports Talent Descend on Indianapolis for ARX2 Testing
(April 24, 2019) – Ahead of the 2019 ARX2 season, Dreyer and Reinbold Racing (DRR) will conduct two days of testing with their signature WIX Filters ARX2 car in Indianapolis.
Joining full-time championship contender Cole Keatts will be ARX2 rookie and DRR Indy 500 driver, Sage Karam, as well as Karam’s Indy 500 teammate, JR Hildebrand. The Sausalito, California driver won the 2009 Indy Lights Championship and has competed in seven Indy 500’s, including a second-place finish in 2011.
“The test came about as a result of DRR running cars in the series, and I've always been down to get behind the wheel of a rallycross car,” said Hildebrand. “Last year at Pikes Peak, I talked to Travis Pastrana about it on and off, and we'd had some loose discussions at DRR so it seemed like a great opportunity to make it happen.”
With his No. 48 entry announced for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, Hildebrand’s test on Thursday will be a great first experience in the 310 bhp car rallycross car.
“I don't have real specific expectations for the test, mostly just to feel it out and get a sense of how the car drives, how to manage all the available controls, and generally go have some fun. Racing some rallycross could definitely be in my future, but for now I'm excited just to go give the car a rip and learn how to find speed in it.”
Along with Hildebrand, current Lexus endurance sports car driver and 2016 Road To Indy champion, Aaron Telitz, will also experience rallycross for the first-time.
“I’m looking forward to getting in the car,” said Telitz. “It’s a brand-new car for me, a new type of driving – being an all-wheel drive car. I’m looking forward to driving something new, it’s going to be awesome. I want to be quick in the test and have some fun and I think Americas Rallycross is really cool, it’s a place to be yourself and build your brand.”
The 27-year-old has competed in open wheel racing since 2012 and was the 2016 Indy Pro 2000 Champion before becoming a Mazda Motorsports scholarship driver for the 2017 Indy Lights season, the premier development series that feeds into IndyCar. This year, Telitz has transitioned into sports car racing with Vasser-Sullivan Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. With an eye on IndyCar racing in the future, Telitz wouldn’t put it past him to race in ARX alongside his other racing commitments.
“If there’s a right deal that comes about to compete in some events or the full-championship, I would be interested in it.”
Other drivers that will be participating will be 14-year-old female UTV and off-road standout Gray Leadbetter and 22-year-old karting ace, Lane Vacala. With youth and a variety of experience on their side, Leadbetter and Vacala will no doubt position themselves as exciting talents that will immediately impress the rallycross world.