SAN PEDRO, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2016) --Dreyer &
Reinbold Racing claimed its first motorsports championship today
with driver Cabot Bigham in Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites.
Everything fell into place today for Bigham, who started last
and finished first in today's season finale during his successful
bid for the series title. Bigham, who turned 20 on Friday, won the
GRC Lites title in his rookie season.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing swept this weekend's Port of Los
Angeles doubleheader, with Alex Keyes taking Saturday's race win
while Bigham won today's event. Keyes, 19, had the car to beat all
weekend, winning the pole position for both Round 11 and Round 12,
as well as all four heat races he participated in.
Bigham fought electrical issues during both heat races today,
forcing him into the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). Bigham, finishing
in fourth, was the last car to advance to the Final. On the first
lap of the Final, Bigham jumped from 10th to 2nd, avoiding
championship contenders Miki Weckstrom and Oliver Erikkson after
they made contact coming off the jump. Bigham continued in second
place until teammate Keyes lost a rear wheel and had to pull off
the course. Bigham powered ahead to the lead of the race and took
"Coming into this year, I really didn't know what to expect!"
said 2016 GRC Lites champion Bigham. "I knew I had the pavement
experience, but was lacking in dirt. I was so fortunate to have
such a supportive team in DRR. I also had my buddies Alex (Keyes)
and Tanner (Whitten) to help me along the way. Everyone helped
bring me up to speed so fast. I can't thank them all enough!"
With only 10 points separating the top three drivers entering
the final, Bigham needed to finish two positions ahead of Weckstrom
and three positions ahead of Erickkson to win the championship.
Bigham, from Mill Valley, Calif., clinched the championship in
front of family and friends by five points in his rookie season -
452 points over Erikkson's 447.
Team owner Dennis Reinbold was elated by the team's performance.
"I was talking to Cabot before the final and told him there were
going to be holes at the start and he just had to make his move,"
stated Reinbold. "I couldn't believe it when I saw he moved up to
second after that big stack up. I started counting cars to see
where our competition in the championship was. It was unfortunate
that Alex couldn't finish the race, but it was absolutely magical
to win the championship at the last minute with Cabot!"
Bigham was the full-time driver in the No. 2 Paratek
Pharmaceuticals car this season. The No. 24 was split between Keyes
and Tanner Whitten. Whitten, originally scheduled to drive the No.
24 this weekend in Los Angeles, was promoted to the SH/DRR
Rallycross No. 07 Supercar. Keyes, also from Northern California
(Folsom), was brought in to race the No. 24 in both events. All
three drivers stood atop the podium this year: Bigham (Washington
D.C., Los Angeles 2); Keyes (Atlantic City, Los Angeles 1); and
Whitten (Daytona Beach). In all, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing won
five of 11 completed rounds in 2016.