Steve Arpin has praised the impact of Travis PeCoy, who made his top-level rallycross debut with Loenbro Motorsports team last year.
After three years at Lites level in GRC Lites and ARX2 PeCoy graduated to the main game and instantly made an impact, finishing on the podium in his very first start.
The only rookie in the field, he eventually finished fifth in the points, two spots ahead of fellow Lites graduate Cabot Bigham, after making the final in all but one round and claiming a trio of top five spots in addition to his second-place finish in the season opener.
“What an addition to our team Travis PeCoy was,” Arpin told DirtFish. “Right out of the gate, from the first day of testing, the kid was right up to speed.
“[We] go to our first race in Mid-Ohio and the kid’s on the podium right off the bat. He was a threat on the track every time somebody saw his name on the grid next to them. Every single person who was in that race knew he would be a threat to win it.”
Although US rallycross now in a holding pattern thanks to a combination of factors including IMG pulling the plug on Americas Rallycross, Nitro Rallycross expanding into a full series, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Arpin is still looking forward, and has his sights set on retaining PeCoy for the upcoming season, whenever that may run.
“Travis brought so much to our team, just a refreshing, happy, bright, young, new attitude to the team that we all just loved,” said Arpin, who also serves as the general manager for the Loenbro Motorsports team.
“[They’re a] great family, great partners, incredibly talented driver, and honestly we’re super-pumped to hopefully bring him back this year and keep on seeing where his crew’s going to take him. With a talent like that there’s no end to where it can go.”
In the absence of real rallycross, PeCoy will compete for Loenbro in the upcoming iRacing Rallycross World Championship as a wildcard entrant, which beings this Saturday.