Alex Keyes and Buhl Sport Detroit Immediate Contenders for 2019 ARX2 Championship
Buhl Sport Detroit driver Alex Keyes heads to the next double-header for ARX2, the official support category to Americas Rallycross (ARX) this weekend at WWT Raceway at Gateway, just three points off the lead.
Keyes took victory in Round 1 at Mid-Ohio Sports Course, then in a more difficult day for the No. 4 DRiV Inc. ARX2 driver in Round 2, Keyes managed to salvage a second podium of the weekend with third. “Sunday [round two in Mid-Ohio] didn’t go as smoothly as Saturday [round one]. But, in the past seasons I’ve done I always started off with bad finishes, have had to miss a race or an engine blows, so coming away from Mid-Ohio with two podiums, I’m stoked,” he explained. “Even though it wasn’t easy in round two, we made the most of what happened to us there. I’m just going to keep doing the best I can”
The double Circuit of The Americas ARX2 winner from 2018 says he’s enjoying the program of double-header weekends in ARX2. “It’s nice that we have double-headers, we get a lot of racing in. This is about all I do for racing, I’m a little rusty always at the beginning of the season so I’m looking forward to getting more and more back into a rhythm as the season goes on. We saw that we only got better as the season went on last year and I’m sure that’s going to happen again this year.”
Even though he enjoyed the top step of the podium at COTA last year and in Round 1 this season in the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio, Keyes says he is most looking forward to racing in Canada and Gateway this summer. “Of the tracks I’ve been to before, I’m looking forward to Trois-Rivieres. I’m super-excited to go back there, I love the town and I love the track, it suits my style really well. I’m also excited to see what Gateway has to offer. It’s one of those places that I really don’t know much about so it’s going to be really cool.”
Having formed plans late last year to be on the grid for the inaugural ARX2 season, Keyes says he is confident with the team and thinks internal atmosphere is responsible for their success. “I’m excited for this year. I know all the guys now and I get along with my engineer Kent Stacey really well, so coming into this year I know everyone and I’m better prepared my myself. I’ve been keeping in good fitness out on the mountain bike, I’ve been doing some karting and a lot of coaching keeping busy,” he said. “We have a very relaxed and fun atmosphere, and I think that’s what contributes to a lot of our success, we’re having fun at the race track. That’s the reason we all got into racing and honestly with that attitude, I think that we’re going to be super successful this year.”