April 23, 2015  (Red Bull Global Rallycross)

Alex at fence editedOf the half-dozen or so rookies making their way into the GRC Lites field in 2015, Alex Keyes has perhaps one of the best chances to shine. Karting from a young age and racing open-wheel until last year, he’s worked with some of the most respected names in the business, including the prestigious Lynx Racing squad and Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice.

Keyes’ shift to rallycross comes just this year, but besides having Rice in his corner, he’ll also be working with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, which plans to field two Lites cars in 2015. In an exclusive interview, the 17-year-old talks about why he made the switch, adapting to loose surface driving, and how his karting background will prove to be an asset:

For fans who don’t quite know you yet, what can you tell us about who you are and your racing background?

I am a high school senior in California but I grew up in Michigan. Like a lot of racers, I came from go-karting. I started racing about eight years ago, and I still go-kart some today. But over the last two years, I have been working towards racing open-wheel cars. This year is when I decided to make the switch over to rallycross.

Read entire interview here.