ARX of Gateway Event Previews
Americas Rallycross Roars into St. Louis for First-Ever Double-Header Event
MADISON, Illinois (July 12, 2019) – The inaugural Americas Rallycross (ARX) double-header is set to get underway this weekend at the challenging World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, for the ARX of Gateway.
The second and third rounds of the 2019 ARX season will be held over two days this weekend, with three qualifying sessions, semi-finals and a six-lap final to determine the winner being run on both Saturday and Sunday at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, making the event a critical points opportunity in the battle to become the next ARX Champion.
Subaru Motorsports USA’s Scott Speed heads to the second brand-new rallycross facility on the schedule with the drivers’ championship points lead after taking the first win of the season at the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio, the triumph also marking Subaru’s first ARX victory.
Such is the competitiveness of the ARX Supercar field in 2019 that it was anyone’s race to win at Mid-Ohio, and more of the same can be expected on the brand new 0.7-mile 60% asphalt and 40% Midwestern dirt WWT Raceway rallycross course. Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust is second in the points after taking TQ (top qualifier) in the Intermediate Classification with two fastest times at Mid-Ohio and is just ahead of Loenbro Motorsports’ teammates Steve Arpin and 18-year-old rookie Travis PeCoy in the championship standings.
The Loenbro team’s hard work over the winter in re-developing the Ford Fiesta was reflected by the double-podium in Round 1, but it could also easily have been at least a double podium for Subaru Motorsports USA, until Australia’s Chris Atkinson and Sweden’s Patrik Sandell collided at the joker lap merge in the exciting final. Both drivers will be targeting their first podium of the season this weekend.
The same goes for another ARX Supercar rookie Cabot Bigham, who driving the No. 02 Oink Clothing Volkswagen Beetle R for Andretti Rallycross, who also has eyes on the podium this weekend.
At every ARX round, the official ARX single-specification support category, ARX2 will compete, along with the brand new ARX3 series. ARX3 features drivers’ championship leader John McInnes, American TV personality Aaron Kaufman and X Games gold medallist in Freestyle Motocross, Blake “Bilko” Williams.
Live coverage of ARX of Gateway begins on Saturday, July 13 at 11:35 a.m. CT on Facebook.com/ARXRallycross. Semi-finals and finals coverage begins at 4:50 p.m. on Saturday and at 2:50 p.m. on Sunday. Event highlights from the event will air on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. CT.
ARX2 Championship Heats up in Pivotal Gateway Rounds
MADISON, Illinois (July 12, 2019) – Jamaican DirtFish Motorsports driver Fraser McConnell leads the official Americas Rallycross (ARX) support category, ARX2, heading to Rounds 3 and 4 of the series at the ARX of Gateway this weekend in Madison, Illinois.
For the headline ARX Supercar category, the World Wide Technology Raceway’s brand-new rallycross course will be the first time a double-header race has been run on a single weekend, but for the ARX2, the class features double-headers at every round of the season.
DirtFish Motorsports’ McConnell took the TQ (top qualifier) position in the two opening rounds at the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio, but he only claimed a single victory, in round two, with Buhl Sport Detroit’s Alex Keyes starting his season off with a victory in Round 1.
As part of a four-car line up for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing at Mid-Ohio, IndyCar star Sage Karam adapted to multi-surface racing for the first time in his career quickly and finished second in both of the finals at Mid-Ohio, with DirtFish driver and TV personality Brad DeBerti also finishing on the podium in Round 1.
Another open-wheel expert, JR Hildebrand, finished fourth in both rounds at Mid-Ohio and is classified fifth in the points race, as his Dreyer & Reinbold Racing teammate Cole Keatts showed solid pace through the weekend but wasn’t able to capitalize with a final result. Like Hildebrand and the rest of the field, Keatts will have his eyes on the podium this weekend.
An immediate challenge for ARX2 drivers that raced at Mid-Ohio could be reigning Champion Connor Martell, who returns to the category as part of the DRR line-up for his first rallycross starts of the season. After taking three victories in 2018, Martell has his sights set for the top step of the podium at WWT Raceway.
Martell will join a strong DRR line-up, which includes 14-year-old female driver Gray Leadbetter, who impressed with her progression throughout the Mid-Ohio weekend and made the final in Round 2, where she finished fifth.
A new face to the ARX2 field will also join the grid at Gateway this weekend, Michael Leach, the 15-year-old who raced an ARX3 Sierra Car at Mid-Ohio last month, will now complete the rest of the ARX2 season with Loenbro Motorsports and AF Racing.
Live coverage of ARX of Gateway begins on Saturday, July 13 at 11:35 a.m. CT on Facebook.com/ARXRallycross. Finals coverage begins at 4:50 p.m. on Saturday and at 2:50 p.m. on Sunday. Event highlights from the event will air on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. CT.