In ARX2, the official support series to ARX, Jamaican driver Fraser McConnell capped off his record-breaking title-winning season in style by mastering the extreme conditions to take his fifth win of the year.
DirtFish Motorsports’ McConnell battled with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Sage Karam at the front of the semi-finals, but in the final, the Jamaican driver took control and stormed to victory. As the single-make ARX2 cars battled to find traction throughout the race, Karam finished second, claiming his fifth consecutive rallycross podium in his first season. Buhl Sport’s Alex Keyes handled adversity all weekend-long and rounded out the podium in third.
Keatts concluded the event fourth, which also secured him second in the ARX2 Championship behind McConnell. Loenbro Motorsports’ Michael Leach finished fifth, with DRR’s Lane Vacala finishing in sixth after his most successful weekend to date in rallycross.
Outgoing ARX2 Champion Conner Martell missed out on the final with a mud-covered windshield early in the semi-finals. 14-year old Gray Leadbetter also missed out on the final despite showing impressive speed throughout the entire weekend.
After podium finishes by Karam and Keatts this weekend, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing claimed the ARX2 Team Championship.
Fraser McConnell, 2019 ARX2 Champion (No. 35 Sandals DirtFish Motorsports ARX2): “Right now, it still has not sunken in fully yet. We started off the weekend poorly but was able to come back and get the win in the final. It was probably the slipperiest conditions I have ever driven in, other than that, the season went well. This track [Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course] is where I got my first-ever rallycross win and I think it’s only fitting it’s also where I got my championship win. There’s no question, I had to be on my ‘A-game’ this year, with this field, there’s no room for error and it’s just pure driving out there. Every single race, heat, final, I just had to make sure I had my game face on and make no mistakes.”
ARX2 Chamnpionship Standings – 2019
1 35 Fraser McCONNELL JAM 219
2 53 Cole KEATTS USA 186
3 21 Conner MARTELL USA 155
4 4 Alex KEYES USA A139
5 28 Gray LEADBETTER 132
6 24 Sage KARAM USA 129
7 70 Brad DEBERTI USA 95
8 09 Michael LEACH USA 93
9 48 JR HILDEBRAND USA 79
10 55 Lane VACALA USA 71