Young Team Ready to Win in Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites in Louisville
Alex Keyes’ impressive 2017 debut dashed with late tire damage
LOUISVILLE, KY (May 17, 2017) – Alex Keyes and his Dreyer & Reinbold Racing squad has redemption on their mind when they enter the Kentucky Exposition Center complex for Round 2 of the Red Bull Global Rallycross this weekend (May 20-21).
Keyes, the 20-year-old hard-charger from Folsom, Calif., looked to be on his way to sixth career GRC Lites main event victory last month in Memphis at the season opener when a flat tire halted his impressive performance and left him on the sidelines.
Keyes, the fastest Lites qualifier in his No. 24WIX Filters Osberg car, comes to Louisville in search of some unfinished business on the tight seven-tenths of a mile pavement/dirt road circuit next to Papa John’s Stadium. The former open-wheel racing star had jumped to a three-second lead in the Memphis International Raceway Lites main event when his car hit a rut and popped the right rear tire from its rim.
“Memphis was a positive weekend,” said Keyes, a two-time winner with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in 2016. “We got pole position, won the semi and was leading the main. Unfortunately, we de-beaded a tire and were not able to win the race. The goal for Louisville is to try and make sure we are there at the end of the final and show how competitive we are again.
“The new heat race schedule threw everyone off in Memphis so we are looking to make the most of it in Louisville. The Louisville track looks a lot shorter and should be more technical which is good for us.”
Keyes won’t be alone in the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing charge to victory in Louisville as two 16-year-old phenoms – Christian Brooks and Travis PeCoy – could be right in the contending positions to challenge Keyes for top honors this weekend in the popular and unique form of motorsports competition.
Brooks, the teenage karting star from Santa Clarita, Calif., recorded his best GRC Lites finish of his young career with a third in the Memphis main event in the No. 44 Global Electronic Technology - MB2Raceway race car.
“My first event with DRR was an experience I will never forget,” said Brooks, who recently qualified for the World Karting Championships in Europe this October. “Placing the No. 44 car on the podium in my first event with my new team gave me a huge confidence boost going into the rest of the season. I've never been more excited to get after it in Louisville. I’ll ready to go this weekend.”
While Brooks’ racing experience comes on the pavement surfaces in karting, PeCoy, the high-schooler from Yorba Linda, Calif., was a sensational find from the off-road racing world with numerous race wins in West Coast dirt action. PeCoy’s father, Bobby, was a star in desert and short-track off-road racing.
PeCoy, who placed second to Keyes in the 2016 Atlantic City GRC Lites finale, also had misfortune at Memphis with a mechanical failure at the start of the 12-lap main event. Now, Travis is seeking a better performance in the short, tight Louisville pavement/dirt course in Louisville.
“Memphis was a surprising weekend, from an unusual heat schedule and set up, to a broken shifter in the first turn of the main event,” said PeCoy. “We didn't leave with the results we were looking for, but that means Louisville can only be better! I'm excited for this weekend and it can't come sooner after the misfortunes in Memphis. I think we are much better prepared for the Lites action now.”
A Lites main event victory for any of the three young drivers would make up for the tough luck at Memphis, and each of the racers expects to be on top of the victory podium this Sunday afternoon in Louisville.
Practice and qualifying gets underway Saturday (May 20) at the Kentucky Exposition Center with the finals set for Sunday (May 21).
The Red Bull GRC Lites telecast of the Louisville event is scheduled forWednesday, May 24, at 5 p.m. EDT on the NBC Sports Network.