CARMEL, Ind. (March 12, 2018) – Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, the 2016 Red Bull Rallycross Lites champions, announced today Travis PeCoy of Yorba Linda, Calif., has signed with the team to compete in the 12-race 2018 Red Bull Global Rallycross Gold class beginning at the series opener scheduled for June 9-10 in Buffalo, N.Y.
PeCoy will drive in the highly-competitive GRC Gold class after a stellar 2017 season where the high school racing star placed third in the final Lites standings with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. The Esperanza High School junior recorded five main event podiums (including a second place at the Ottawa round) and six heat races wins. Travis was also the second fastest qualifier last year at Atlantic City (II). PeCoy will drive the No. 3 car for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing this year.
The Indiana-based operation has captured eight Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites Series main events, 45 heat races and ten fast qualifying honors in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will compete in the headlining Gold class.
PeCoy made his Red Bull GRC Lites debut in 2016 with a second place in the Atlantic City feature and a heat race win. Travis comes from an off-road background where his father, Bobby, is a multi-time winner. Travis scored five off-road championships early in his racing career as well as taking a world championship.
“I enjoyed my first season in the Red Bull GRC Lites season with the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team and I’m extremely excited to be back with this outstanding team,” said PeCoy. “I learned so much last year working with our technical director Buddy Rice and our team engineer Jeff Britton on car setup, race management and keeping calm in the race car. I believe I can have a strong effort to compete for the series championship. That is my goal. But I also know that it will not be easy. The competition level will be very high in the GRC Gold class. But I can’t wait to get started.”
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will utilize the spec GRC Gold Class machines from Olsbergs, the all-wheel drive vehicles with six-speed sequential transmissions and 310-horsepower engines.
“We are fully committed and excited for the new direction of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series,” said Dennis Reinbold, team owner of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. “Moving to the new headliner Gold Class in 2018 is a positive for our entire GRC operation. We can’t wait to get the cars on track soon for testing and then compete in the season opener at Buffalo.”“Travis is a very talented young driver and we are pleased to have him back with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the 2018 Red Bull GRC series,” said Reinbold. “We saw a tremendous gain with Travis’s race craft throughout the 2017 season and he came on strong to finish third in the series championship. I know Travis believes he will be a top contender for the 2018 Gold Class title. And our DRR team is confident he’ll be a contender too.”
Rice, the 2004 Indianapolis 500 champion, will continue to serve as DRR’s GRC technical director in 2018 where he will oversee the DRR GRC program and focus on driver development. Britton also has been a race-winning engineer in the Verizon IndyCar Series for the past 20 years.
DRR will announce a full roster of driver lineup and commercial partners for the Red Bull GRC team in the upcoming weeks.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. DRR, who campaigned in the Red Bull Global Rallycross for the first time in 2015, captured the 2016 Red Bull GRC Lites championship with driver Cabot Bigham. The DRR team recorded eight main event victories, 45 heat race wins and ten fast qualifying honors.
About Travis PeCoy: Travis PeCoy is a 17-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 and last year placed third in the 2017 GRC Lites point championship. 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 and are run at a wide range of venues from speedways to street courses and commonly feature a mix of dirt and asphalt. The 2018 series will contest 12-events beginning in Buffalo on June 9-10, and concluding on Oct. 27-28 in the United Kingdom.