Americas Rallycross Heads North to Trois-Rivieres This Weekend

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Can. (August 2, 2019) – Americas Rallycross (ARX) begins the second half of the 2019 season at the famous Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres circuit in Canada this weekend, where for the second year in a row the premiere North American rallycross championship will share the legendary street circuit with the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.

Last year, the Canadian round of ARX proved to be pivotal in the fight to become the first-ever ARX Champion. Scott Speed recorded a perfect weekend on-track, sweeping the qualifying rounds and semi-finals and going on to lead every lap of the final, claiming his second consecutive ARX victory.  Meanwhile, Speed’s former Andretti teammate, Tanner Foust, had to overcome major suspension damage after an incident in the second round of qualifying.

This season, in the opening three rounds of the year at Mid-Ohio Sports Course and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, three different drivers have stood on the top step of the podium, all driving for the Subaru Motorsports USA team.

In Round 1 at the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio, it was the reigning ARX Champion Speed who took the first win of the season in a dramatic final, but in the double-header at the ARX of Gateway, it was his Australian and Swedish teammates – Chris Atkinson and Patrik Sandell – who took the dramatic wins at what is now regarded as one of the best rallycross circuits in the United States.

Speed continues to lead the drivers’ championship standings by 12 points over Tanner Foust, but while it has been a blue-and-yellow Subaru WRX STI winning streak in 2019 so far, the ARX field is so even that any one of seven drivers could win in Canada.

The Canadian crowd-favorite will be home country hero Steve Arpin, who finished on the podium in Ohio, with Loenbro Motorsports teammate and 2019 rookie Travis PeCoy. Arpin, driver of the No. 00 cbdMD Ford, nearly won the final in Round 2 at Gateway until he was passed by Atkinson in the final turn. With the Ford Fiesta ST Supercar being constantly developed by the team, Arpin and PeCoy have their sights on ending Subaru’s run.

Foust, racing the popular Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle R with Andretti Rallycross, will be looking for redemption for the incident that cost him a chance of victory last season. Along with rookie teammate Cabot Bigham, the pair will be targeting at least podium finishes on the 60% asphalt and 40% dirt .8-mile street circuit.

As in all ARX rounds, the official ARX single-specification support category, ARX2, will also race in Trois-Rivieres in a double-header format.

Live coverage of ARX and ARX2 will be shown all weekend long on Facebook.com/ARXRallycross along with an event highlights program for both series airing on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, August 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET. ARX of Canada begins on Saturday at 1:35 p.m. ET on Facebook.com/ARXRallycross.

To view the ARX of Canada Live Coverage Schedule, click here
To view the ARX of Canada Entry List, click here
To view the ARX Championship Standings, click here

ARX2 Championship Bound For Drama in Canada

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Can. (August 2, 2019) – Drivers in the official Americas Rallycross (ARX) support category, ARX2 will take part in their third double-header weekend of the season at the famous Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres street circuit in Canada this weekend, for Rounds 5 and 6.

After an up and down first portion of the season, Jamaican driver Fraser McConnell is the points leader with the DirtFish Motorsports team after winning Round 2 in Mid-Ohio for his first rallycross victory. However, last time the No. 35 DirtFish Motorsports driver was on track at ARX of Gateway – held at the World Wide Technology Raceway’s brand-new rallycross course – it was the returning ARX2 champion, Conner Martell, who took a double victory.

Martell went down in history last year as the first-ever ARX2 champion but missed the first rounds of 2019 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Course. The young driver switched teams to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and made his return to the track. He won both rounds in Madison, Illinois including a dramatic last turn overtake on the inside of McConnell in Round 4 on Sunday.

McConnell and Martell will start as the favorites this weekend in Canada, a track that includes asphalt with high concrete walls with deep and fast dirt sections, but Martell’s DRR teammate, Cole Keatts, is also one of the more experienced drivers in the field and knows how to finish on the podium in the competitive single-specification class.

The youngest driver in the class, Gray Leadbetter, driving the No. 28 Oil2Soil DRR machine has improved her pace with every start in her very first season of rallycross and made her first final in Gateway, where 15-year-old Michael Leach also joined the class with Loenbro Motorsports, stepping up from the new entry-level category, ARX3.

Leach will look to improve in his second-weekend behind-the-wheel of the No. 09 American Grinders ARX2 car at Trois-Rivieres with his sights set on his first podium. A new contender to the ARX2 field will be rookie Lane Vacala, driving the fourth DRR entry. The 22-year-old Illinois racer has signed with DRR for the remainder of the 2019 and full 2020 season in ARX2, where he will compete alongside a packed program in karting, a sport where he has achieved much success in his career so far.

Unfortunately, Round 1 winner Alex Keyes will miss the ARX of Canada weekend after significant damage that requires extensive repairs to the Buhl Sport ARX2 car. The third-year rallycross team is focused on rebuilding in time to contend for victories at ARX of Austin and at the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio.

Live coverage of ARX and ARX2 will be shown all weekend long on Facebook.com/ARXRallycross along with an event highlights program for both series airing on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, August 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET. ARX of Canada begins on Saturday at 1:35 p.m. ET on Facebook.com/ARXRallycross.

To view the ARX of Canada Live Coverage Schedule, click here
To view the ARX of Canada Entry List, click here
To view the ARX2 Championship Standings, click here

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Tiernay Oliver