Supercar Rookie PeCoy Flourishes in First Event
One of the standout performers from the first round of Americas Rallycross (ARX) at the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio was Loenbro Motorsports’ Travis PeCoy.
On his Supercar debut, with limited pre-season testing, PeCoy impressed the entire ARX community with his performance, especially in the semi-final where he battled with two-time ARX event winner Tanner Foust and then in the final when he challenged experienced Canadian teammate Steve Arpin throughout the race and finished on the podium.
Then, after crossing the line, an already impressive third became second with Arpin’s five-second penalty for cutting the course at the first turn. “I was shaking when I got out of the car after the final but I still don’t know what was better, the second place or in the semi-final when I was catching Tanner Foust and I passed him on the inside. I was in the car driving and thinking ‘oh my god I just passed Tanner Foust!’ explained a delighted PeCoy. “Hats off to the Loenbro guys, weeks before the first tests I went over there to Charlotte and checked the whole program out. They worked their tails off to be here, they were up till passed midnight to get these cars ready and it shows – they’re fast!”
The Loenbro Motorsports Ford Fiesta had a lot of development at the team’s shop in the off-season, using selected components and lessons learned from running the Ford Focus RS RX in ARX last season and implementing them into the already successful Fiesta platform.
PeCoy thinks data analysis with the Loenbro team is what lifted his performance through his inaugural ARX Supercar weekend. “Really it was just to be more aggressive everywhere. When I was looking at all of the times from all practices I was at the bottom, I was thinking I don’t belong here. But with my spotter and my coach we sat down and looked at everything, we found all the spots where I was slow, we picked it up and we were running the same times as all the fast guys. With it being my fourth day in the car, my first races, I couldn’t be happier with the result and next weekend we can hopefully be one more up.”
Moving up from the official support category, ARX2, PeCoy knows he has a lot to learn this season, but believes he has a strong mentor in Arpin. “He’s awesome, he’s obviously super talented on the track and I can learn so much from him off the track with sponsorship and fan engagement, he’s insane at that. If I can just learn from him and try and ride his coat tails and figure out how he makes it happen.”
With round one showing how close the field is, PeCoy says anyone can win in 2019, is most looking forward to racing at Trois-Rivieres. “The field is so stacked this year, Subaru have stepped their game up, the VW’s have been unstoppable, I think everybody in the field can win any race, that’s really cool about this year. The track in Canada is so wide open and bad ass. I’m looking forward to there for sure.”
ARX visits World Wide Technology Raceway for the first ARX Supercar and ARX2 double header weekend, July 13-14. Tickets to the ARX of Gateway are available for purchase online at ARXRallycross.com/tickets.