The second season of the Americas Rallycross era in the United States continues this weekend, as the series makes its inaugural visit to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the 2019 season opener. The two ARX rounds at Mid-Ohio bookend this year’s championship, meaning this weekend will be the first time all year that the United States’ top drivers will hit the track.
The biggest story of the offseason was Scott Speed’s defection from Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross to Subaru Motorsports USA, taking over the team’s third seat alongside Patrik Sandell and Chris Atkinson after a revolving door of drivers raced last season. A new-look Andretti Rallycross will return its Beetles to the track, with Cabot Bigham the new driver alongside Tanner Foust in his second stint as a Supercar driver.
Alongside them, Loenbro Motorsports returns to the Ford Fiesta platform for 2019 with Steve Arpin now partnered by Supercar rookie Travis PeCoy. PeCoy, one of the US’ top drivers in the SuperCar Lites platform over the past few years, joins his former Dreyer & Reinbold Racing ARX2 teammate Bigham in the step up.
DRR continues to be among the headlining teams in ARX2, running full-time cars for class veteran Cole Keatts and 14-year-old rookie Gray Leadbetter, and Indianapolis 500 veterans Sage Karam and JR Hildebrand this weekend. They’ll be joined this weekend by DirtFish Motorsports, which will welcome returning driver Fraser McConnell and short course convert Brad DeBerti, as well as Buhl Sport Detroit with returning driver Alex Keyes. Keyes swept the last two ARX2 races of 2018 at Circuit of the Americas, and will likely be viewed as a favorite to return to the front.
In addition to ARX and ARX2, the new ARX3 class features Sierra Cars-prepared crosskarts. Eight of these vehicles are on site at Mid-Ohio, with the driver list including Dave Wallingford, who returned to racing earlier this year after suffering a spinal cord injury at Rally Mexico last year.
As in 2018, ARX of Mid-Ohio will be streamed live on Facebook throughout the weekend. The race will also be shown next Wednesday at 9PM ET on the CBS Sports Network.