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Redemption Set for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing after Tough Memphis Loss

  • Redemption Set for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing after Tough Memphis Loss;
  • Young Team Ready to Win in Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites in Louisville
  • Alex Keyes’ impressive 2017 debut dashed with late tire damage 
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).
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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 for Wednesday, May 24, at 5 p.m. EDT on the NBC Sports Network.

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About Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was founded in 2000 by Indianapolis car dealer Dennis Reinbold. The legacy of the Dreyer and Reinbold family dates back to the 1920s with Reinbold’s grandfather, the legendary Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, a former factory motorcycle racer. Dreyer served as a crewman and mechanic on the famed Duesenberg driven by Benny Shoaff and Babe Stapp in the 1927 Indy 500.  Dreyer went on to build Indy 500 cars in the 1930s which many started on the front row. In addition, Dreyer constructed championship-winning sprint cars and midgets as well as quarter midgets called Dreyerettes. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing captured its first win in 2000 with driver Robbie Buhl at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla., and has fielded a variety of drivers including Buhl, Buddy Lazier, Sarah Fisher, Buddy Rice, Ryan Briscoe, Al Unser Jr., Townsend Bell and Sage Karam. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has successfully qualified all 36 drivers for the Indy 500 in its history.  DRR, who campaigned in the Red Bull Global Rallycross for the first time in 2015, captured the 2016 Red Bull GRC Lites championship in 2016 with driver Cabot Bigham. The DRR team recorded five main event victories, 23 heat race wins and eight fast qualifying honors.

About Alex Keyes:  Alex Keyes is a 20-year-old Red Bull Global Rallycross driver who currently lives in Northern California after spending most of his childhood in Michigan. After training for several years in karting, Alex began racing formula cars in 2013 in the Pacific F1600 Series. In 2014, Alex won the Championship for the Formula Pro Mazda class of the Formula Car Challenge. He dominated the class with 12 of 14 wins and 14 pole positions. In August, Alex competed in his first professional race – the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires at Sonoma, CA on IndyCar weekend receiving the hard charger award. In 2015, he raced in the Red Bull GRC Series in the Lites Division with Dreyer and Reinbold Racing. He won his third start in GRC Lites at New River Marine Base in July 2015 and then won two additional races – Washington DC and the season finale in Las Vegas. In a partial 2016 season Alex was able to add two more wins to his resume at Atlantic City and Los Angeles.

About Christian Brooks: Christian Brooks is a 16-year-old racing champion, and is joining the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing operation for his second season in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites Series. The Californian is entering his 11th season in motorsports, continuing a career that already features a decade of success in karting, one that includes victories and championships at all levels of the sport. Brooks’ resume is highlighted by a United States national championship (2011 US Rotax Grand Nationals) and two international karting titles (2012 and 2016 Rotax Challenge of the Americas). Last season, Brooks scored three top-five finishes in the GRC Lites series, while off the course he was honored as one of the fan favorites in his MB2 Raceway #44 machine. Brooks finished fifth in the 2016 Red Bull GRC Lites point standings. 

About Travis PeCoy: Travis PeCoy is a 16-year-old driver from Yorba Linda, California.  Starting in off-road racing, Travis has traded paint with some of the best; drove his way to five championships and one world championship. Transitioning to pavement in 2016, he has done well in the Red Bull GRC Lites series, finishing his rookie year with a podium and a handful of heat wins. With driving in his blood, his dad also being championship off-road racer, he has been surrounded with success all through his career. Keeping his head down and staying focused on the future is Travis’ plan, as he is working to make a living out of doing what he loves to do.

About Red Bull Global Rallycross:  Red Bull Global Rallycross is one of the most popular motorsports series in North America. Started in 2009 by Brian Gale and Chip Pankow, the series has gained a fair amount of commercial success. The events are run with heavily modified production cars called Rallycross SuperCars and Lites and are run at a wide range of venues from speedways to street courses and commonly feature a mix of dirt and asphalt. The 2017 series will contest 12-events beginning on April 29-20 in Memphis, Tenn., and concluding on Oct. 14 in Los Angeles.  The Super Car division events is televised on NBC Sports, while the Lites class is televised on NBC Sports Network.

 

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