Scott Speed Leads After Q2 at ARX of Gateway

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Subaru Motorsports USA’s Scott Speed dominated Q1 and Q2 to take an early lead of Round 2 of Americas Rallycross (ARX) at the World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, for the ARX of Gateway.

The reining ARX champion posted nearly identical times in both sessions, showing impressive consistency in changing track conditions in the Illinois summer heat.

Subaru teammate Patrik Sandell sits P2, posting two P2 times, with Loenbro Motorsports’ Travis Pecoy rounding out the top three. Australia’s Chris Atkinson made it three Subarus in the top four.

Speed made a strong start in Q1, beating Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust off the line to lead into the first turn. Foust held off Chris Atkinson’s Subaru and posted a time worthy of P3 in the Q1 standings but his day took a turn for the worse with a front-left puncture in Q2 causing the only DNF of the day so far.

Patrik Sandell put in a strong performance to win his race in Q1, posting a time just shy of teammate Speed’s. The two went head to head in Q2 and it was Speed who made the best start, nudging Foust’s VW wide to take the lead and in turn allow Sandell to follow him through. Sandell took an early joker lap and when Speed took his joker on the final lap, it was close as to who would come out on top. The Swede briefly edged in front, but Speed’s momentum off the joker allowed him to dive up the inside and hold on for the win. Despite his puncture, Foust holds P5, with Steve Arpin P6 and Cabot Bigham P7.

In ARX2, the official ARX support category, DirtFish driver Fraser McConnell tops the standings, finishing P2 and P1 in the first two sessions. Last year’s champion Conner Martell took victory in Q1, but after being nudged out of the lead by McConnell at turn one of Q2, Buhl Sport’s Alex Keyes was also able to sneak through and hold off the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing driver. Brad Deberti sits in fourth, with JR Hildebrand enjoying a solid run to fifth in both qualifiers.

Tiernay Oliver