Americas Rallycross making two stops at Mid-Ohio in 2019
While the Americas Rallycross Championship's schedule page on the series website is void of any schedule just yet, at least we know that the series is heading to the Midwest.
ARX officials announced on Thursday that the series will visit the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course twice in 2019. The Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio will mark the first Midwestern events for ARX, as well as Mid-Ohio’s first rallycross events, June 8-9 and Oct. 5-6 next year.
The ARX and ARX2 events will be held on a temporary 0.7-mile, 10-turn asphalt and dirt configuration with a jump constructed near the “Keyhole” section of Mid-Ohio.
According to ARC officials, the multi-year agreement between Green Savoree Racing Promotions, the owner and operator of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and ARX, will enhance the positioning of rallycross in the Midwest and in the home state of ARX Founding Partner, Cooper Tires.
“There is no better way to introduce the sport of rallycross in America’s Heartland,” said Paul Bellamy, managing director of rallycross at IMG. “Partnering with Green Savoree Racing Promotions, an experienced motorsports management company, and our founding partner, Cooper Tires, at the historic Mid-Ohio facility creates a unique opportunity to connect with current motorsport fans in the area and create new rallycross and action sports minded fans throughout the Midwest.”
“Our team is excited to work with IMG to showcase world-class rallycross racing to our fans during the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio," said Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course president Craig Rust. "It’s going to be a thrilling, action packed weekend with spectacular cars and great drivers. This event will be the 2019 finale and cap off one of our most exciting and expansive spectator schedules Mid-Ohio has ever had.”
Cooper Tires, the official tire of the ARX and ARX2 Championships, is based in nearby Findlay, Ohio, and has been a partner with the Lexington, Ohio, circuit since 2016.
Reigning champion Scott Speed now joins Patrik Sandell and Chris Atkinson at Subaru Rally Team USA for 2019, marking a new racing effort for the four-time rallycross champion and former Formula 1 and NASCAR driver. After Conner Martell’s ARX2 championship run with DirtFish Motorsports, ARX2 teams Dreyer and Reinbold Racing and Buhl Sport Detroit will look to challenge the Snoqualmie, Washington-based outfit.
“I think adding more rallycross tracks here in America really shows the growth of this sport,” said 2018 ARX Champion Scott Speed when asked about the inaugural event. “I’m excited to come to a new venue. Mid-Ohio is a track that everyone knows here in America. I have no doubt it will be a great event!”
The complete 2019 ARX schedule is expected to be released in the coming weeks.