Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
- Date of Birth: May 15, 1997
- Home: Folsom, CA
- Website: http://www.alexkeyes.com
- 2015: 10 starts, 3 wins, 4 podiums, 9 heat wins, 350 points, 6th overall (Lites)
- CAREER: 10 starts, 3 wins, 4 podiums, 9 heat wins, 350 points (Lites)
You’d be hard-pressed to find a GRC Lites rookie more exciting and explosive than Alex Keyes was in 2015. Jumping from open-wheel racing to rallycross for the first time, big things were expected of the Californian in his first season with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing—and he didn’t disappoint.
Despite missing the season opener in Fort Lauderdale due to illness, Keyes immediately qualified second in his series debut in Daytona to show his speed. He took his first main event win at The Base, directly after earning his first of what would be nine heat victories when all was said and done. Further victories in Washington DC and the Las Vegas season finale elevated him to sixth in points, despite missing a second race in the Detroit doubleheader.
It’s no surprise, then, that DRR would bring him back for another go in Lites this year. However, like last season, he won’t be going for a championship—instead, he’ll be splitting time with fellow Lites race winner Tanner Whitten. Keyes will kick off the season in Phoenix, defend his Base and Washington DC victories, and wrap up his season in Atlantic City, partnering with rookie and close friend Cabot Bigham in the abbreviated schedule.
After going a perfect three for three in single-race events last year, Keyes will be looked at as a threat to win in Atlantic City and recapture his crown in Washington DC. His next step is to conquer doubleheader events, where he only took one podium finish in seven starts—with a DNF or DNS in three of last year’s four doubleheaders, his next goal will be to get on the box on back-to-back days for the first time.
Keyes showed the Red Bull GRC world what he had last year, and it was plenty impressive. He’ll be looking to add a few more races to the win column in 2016 before looking beyond to Supercars next season.