Americas Rallycross at Mid-Ohio: Weekend Recap

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by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
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Scott Speed has never lost his debut race for a manufacturer in his professional rallycross career.

In 2013, Speed won his first-ever rallycross start at X Games Brazil in what was supposed to be a one-off drive in a Ford Fiesta. The next year, he joined Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross and campaigned a secondhand Polo to victory at Top Gear Festival Barbados. But after five fruitful years with VARX, Speed switched to Subaru Motorsports USA this offseason—and the switch paid off immediately with a win in the 2019 Americas Rallycross season opener from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Supercar rookie Travis PeCoy and Steve Arpin completed the podium, sweeping the 2-3 spots for Loenbro Motorsports in its first event back with the Fiesta after running the Focus RSRX in three events last year. Speed’s former teammate Tanner Foust finished fourth, while his current teammates Patrik Sandell and Chris Atkinson finished fifth and sixth. Cabot Bigham was the lone entry to miss the final, as he made his debut with Andretti as Foust’s new teammate.

In the ARX2 doubleheader, Alex Keyes picked up where he left off on Saturday with his third straight victory dating back to last year’s finale at Circuit of the Americas, with Sage Karam and Brad DeBerti on the podium behind him. On Sunday, it was Fraser McConnell who scored his first career ARX2 victory for DirtFish Motorsports, with Karam and Keyes behind him.

The ARX3 class debuted over the weekend as well, with six Sierra Cars-built vehicles in competition to start their doubleheader. John McInnes swept the weekend, with wins over Jim Jonsin and Dave Wallingford on Saturday and James Kirkham and Jonsin on Sunday. Michael Leach joined the field for Sunday’s event only as a seventh entry and finished fourth.

Speed leads the ARX championship standings with 29 points, followed by Foust with 24 and Arpin with 22. McConnell tops the ARX tables with 52 points, while Karam and Keyes are tied for second with 49. The season continues on July 13-14 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, located just outside of St. Louis.

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