2017 Year in Review: Travis PeCoy
FINISH: 3rd in GRC Lites points
2017 RESULTS: 12 starts, 5 podiums, 6 heat wins, 672 points
2016 RESULTS: 11 starts, 1 podium, 1 heat win, 249 points
THE GOOD: Much like teammate Christian Brooks, PeCoy was able to take the next step in his GRC Lites career after an offseason move to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. A consistent podium threat, the California native landed on the podium at five venues in a row, including all four doubleheaders and the team’s home race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Reliable performances enabled PeCoy to jump from eighth in points last season to third in 2017. Six heat victories and a perfect attendance record in Lites finals ensured that he didn’t give up any opportunities to score, and he only finished outside of the top five once in the final 10 races of the season. Most importantly, his fourth place run in Los Angeles enabled him to stay ahead of a hard-charging Conner Martell by 16 points.
THE BAD: The season started with a pair of difficult weekends for PeCoy, as eighth place finishes in both Memphis and Louisville left him in the bottom half of the standings. He even had to advance to the Louisville final through the last chance qualifier, forcing him to come from the back of the grid. It took a major effort throughout the year to climb from seventh up to third.
From there, the second Seattle final was the only blemish on the sophomore’s record. Despite a runner-up finish in his semifinal, PeCoy was unable to back up a day one podium and fell to seventh at the checkered flag. Undoubtedly, he was also disappointed not to finish on the box in Los Angeles as well, but a solid fourth place finish was still a highly respectable effort.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: “I’d say I’m pretty stoked. We have third locked in the championship, and we had an opportunity to get second. We were a pretty strong force this year, so I couldn’t be any happier. This offseason, I’m just going to try to drive everything and anything I can; our plan is to get in the seat of anything to get experience in multiple disciplines and hopefully that’ll make me even better in the car next year.”
2018 PROGNOSIS: He still needs to notch that first main event win, but PeCoy showed tons of improvement this year and will be a Lites title favorite in 2018.
Photo credit: Louis Yio