Formula X Rallycross.

Accomplished road-racing driver Kevin Madsen and skilled GRC lites driver Alejo Fernandez clinch the Formula X season championship in their first year with the series.

Perris, CA, November 20, 2018 – In a year with many surprises and highlights for the Formula X series, perhaps the biggest surprise is that the championship was won by a team making their debut in the series. Kevin Madsen and teammate Alejo Fernandez did battle on-track throughout the year under the Urban-Rebel racing banner and ultimately ended up victorious. Finishing right behind them in 2nd is NASCAR driver Jesse Iwuji and European autocross driver Igor Palagin representing Team Fast & Speed USA. In 3rd, Rally ace Bucky Lasek and Off-road pro Jeff White for Team Rockstar Energy complete the podium out of 8 teams who competed.

While Madsen typically is found racing, testing or coaching on asphalt road courses, his quick adjustment to closed course rallycross racing in front of large crowds at Perris Auto Speedway was instrumental in locking up the championship. Formula X series president, Robert Myers, commented “From the beginning you could see how (Madsen) methodically analyzed what it would take to be successful out there in this action-packed environment. He’s also brought a lot of friends to come test or race and coached them to the same success. We are very excited to present Kevin and Alejo the trophy this off-season and a sincere congratulations on a title well-earned.”

A total of 6 races took place this year at the 7-turn Perris Auto Speedway Rallycross track. Madsen competed in 4 of those with Fernandez filling the Urban-Rebel Racing team seat during his absence. The consistency of the team to maintain a place on the podium for nearly every main event against up to 7 competitors per race, is a key contributor to Urban-Rebel taking the season championship. All this is made more impressive when considering the #82 Sprinter buggy they piloted is almost twice the weight of the Crosskarts they were up against.

Madsen remarked, “I enjoyed the challenge of wheeling the #82 Urban-Rebel Racing sprinter buggy built by Fast & Speed USA. It was significantly heavier than my competition on a tight course, but I’m used to not being in the best funded or fastest machinery. In road racing, I’ve learned to make up for it with technique and discipline. The same holds here. The best part is my teammate, Alejo came in and did just that as well. His first time in the car was during the race and he ended up on the podium that night. A huge thanks to him and everyone involved with the team for helping us win in this new category to us.”


Fernandez, a well known driver from the past GRC lites series is looking at racing in the American Rallycross series (ARX) next year but seemed to enjoy his time with Formula X this year. “My racing experience with crosskarts was phenomenal. It was a lot more exciting and demanding than I initially thought. I really enjoyed my experience filling in for Kevin. It was my first time in a Sprinter buggy and I had a lot of fun getting up to speed as well as getting my timing down to drive it how it is supposed to be driven.” Fernandez remarked.

More information is to follow from the other championship finishers for the 3rd year of Formula X racing. To keep up to date on these announcements and the upcoming Formula X 2018 Season Awards Banquet, stay in touch via Facebook or Instagram.

About Formula X Autocross: Formula X Autocross brings the exciting concept of European Autocross to North America. The new series of action-packed events is similar to rallycross but with several classes of off road race cars competing on the same track with loads of excitement and at a much lower cost of entry. The chassis are also used by the Race of Champions and are designed by championship rally racer Johnny Hakvoort from Fast & Speed and built exclusively by Fast & Speed USA.

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