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AMERICAS RALLYCROSS 2019 TO BLAST OFF IN MID-OHIO

Friday 7th of June 2019

It’s a week to go until round five of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Hell in Norway, but first this weekend Americas Rallycross (ARX) 2019 will get begin with a bang with the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio.

Much has changed amongst the ARX teams over the off-season, and it’s anyone’s guess as to who will shine in the first round this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Course’s brand new rallycross facility.

Reigning ARX Supercar Champion Scott Speed made a move over the offseason from the Andretti Rallycross team to Subaru Motorsports USA and will make his first-ever start in a Subaru WRX STI at Mid-Ohio, targeting the team’s first ARX podium and victory.

He is joined at Subaru by the experienced pairing of Sweden’s Patrik Sandell and Australia’s Chris Atkinson, both drivers famous for success on the World Rally stages before turning their hands to rallycross. Sandell finished third in the ARX points last season and like Speed, is targeting the title in the re-worked Subaru.

Between Speed and Sandell in the championship standings last season was former FIA World Rallycross Championship event winner Tanner Foust, who won two rounds of ARX, including the first-ever ARX event at the SpeedMachine Festival at Silverstone in the UK in an Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle. He remains in the same No. 34 machine for 2019 and is joined by ARX2 graduate Cabot Bigham.

Bigham isn’t the only ARX2 driver stepping up to the Supercars this year, as Travis PeCoy joins Canadian star Steve Arpin for Loenbro Motorsports. The team ran Ford Focus RS RXs in ARX last season but have now switched to a pair of Fiestas for 2019, with the cars undergoing serious development work over the winter in a bid to mount a title challenge.

The ARX schedule will start and end at Mid-Ohio, with a double-header weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park for rounds two and three in July, a visit to Trois-Rivieres in Canada to join World RX in August and then down to Austin, Texas at the Circuit of The Americas in September, before the sixth and final round at Mid-Ohio in October.

At each of those events, the official ARX single-specification support category, ARX2 will compete, along with the brand new ARX3 series.

Live coverage begins on Saturday, June 8 at 11:50 a.m. ET with Qualifying 1. Every round and every lap of ARX and ARX2 coverage will be shown live on Facebook.com/ARXRallycross, with highlights from the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio airing on CBS Sports Network on June 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

 

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