TANNER FOUST GRABS VICTORY IN SEATTLE FOR THE VOLKSWAGEN ANDRETTI RALLYCROSS TEAM
Sep 19, 2016
Winning streak continues for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross ahead of season finale doubleheader in Los Angeles
Herndon, VA — Tanner Foust regained the championship momentum and points lead in Seattle, claiming victory in Red Bull Global Rallycross’s first visit to Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. Foust’s teammate, Scott Speed, bounced back from on-track difficulties in his Semifinal to earn a hard-fought fourth-place finish, keeping the points race tight between the two Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers heading into the final races of the season in Los Angeles.
Both Foust and Speed maintain a large gap over their championship rivals before the final races of the season in LA. Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’s seventh victory of the season also provisionally clinches the Manufacturer’s Championship for the marque. Despite competing with only two cars, the brand has taken the top spot in more than three-quarters of the races this season, marking a record-breaking run of form for the team.
Foust extended his unbroken string of Heat and Semifinal victories in Seattle, bringing the total number of victories to 25 this weekend. His success in the preliminary rounds of competition set up a pole position starting spot for the driver of the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC, setting up a clean getaway in the Final. Foust opened a gap in the early laps of the race and never looked back, reaching the checkered flag more than three seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.
“After not getting the best out of the car in qualifying, we really came back strong in the races this weekend,” said Foust. “It’s awesome to come to a place with such great fans and put on a heck of a show on one of the gnarliest tracks we’ve seen all season. I’m super proud of the whole Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team to get another win with all the tough competition we’re facing.”
Scott Speed’s weekend was not as smooth as his teammate’s. After being spun on the opening lap of his Semifinal race, the driver of the No. 41 Oberto Cricle K Beetle GRC was forced to start from the rear of the field, setting the stage for contact later in the race that broke the American’s hood, forcing him to retire from the event. Speed raced his way into the Final through the Last Chance Qualifier, earning a starting spot on the last row of the grid. Speed raced his Beetle GRC through the field, reaching fourth by the final lap.
“After an up and down weekend, we ended on a positive note, working our way through the field on the Final. Just one spot shy of the podium, but we’ll take what we can get. Our crew worked really hard to get the car back together for the LCQ, so I’m grateful for all the hard work everyone put in.”
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will be back in action for the final rounds of the 2016 season in LA. The doubleheader will air LIVE on NBC—Sunday, October 9 at 3:00PM (ET).
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About Andretti Autosport
Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport boasts a wide racing portfolio rooted in tradition and designed for success. Together with Andretti Formula E and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IndyCar Series and Indy Lights, along with entries in the FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross. The company boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008, 2009), one Pro Mazda championship (2013) and one USF2000 championship (2010) and has captured victory at the famed Indianapolis 500 four times (2005, 2007, 2014, 2016). Additionally the team holds two X Games Gold Medals and one Global Rallycross championship (2015). To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at AndrettiAutosport.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti.