VOLKSWAGEN ANDRETTI RALLYCROSS TO CELEBRATE #PINKBEETLE AT RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS FINALE IN LOS ANGELES
Sep 21, 2016
No.41 and No. 34 Beetle GRC cars to brighten up the track in special pink liveries
Herndon, VA (September 23, 2016) – After wrapping up its first Red Bull Global Rallycross Manufacturer’s Championship in Seattle, Volkswagen will add to season-ending celebrations at the series finale in Los Angeles with special liveries for its pair of Beetle GRCs, commemorating the launch of the 2017 Volkswagen #PinkBeetle—a new, limited-edition model of the iconic two-door coupe. Reigning Red Bull GRC Champion, Scott Speed, will race in the No. 41 #PinkBeetle Beetle GRC, while current points leader, Tanner Foust, will compete in the No. 34 Rockstar Perfectberry™ Beetle GRC to increase visibility for The Pink Agenda—a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and money for breast cancer research and care among young professionals.
“We’ve had a lot of success with our Beetle GRC this season, so it will be fun to mark the end of the season with a fresh coat of paint,” said Scott Speed. “The #PinkBeetle already has lots of eager fans across the VW community, so I’m looking forward to adding some excitement to the launch of this special car with our 560-horsepower version.”
Tanner Foust will trade in his traditional black and yellow look for black and pink in LA, competing in the No. 34 Perfectberry Rockstar Beetle GRC. The pink-themed car will wear The Pink Agenda’s logo, increasing visibility for the organization’s cause.
“It’s an awesome opportunity to be able to support a great cause like The Pink Agenda through our racing,” said Foust. “The Perfectberry Rockstar Beetle GRC will be hard to miss out on the track and I’m looking forward to hopefully put it front and center—at the top of the podium.”
Volkswagen is providing #PinkBeetle fans with the chance to become the first U.S. owner of the limited-edition car, before it hits dealer showrooms in October. The company has teamed with Giuliana Rancic’s FAB-U-WISH initiative and The Pink Agenda to offer the winning auction bidder the special opportunity to fly to New York to attend The Pink Agenda’s Annual Gala on October 13, 2016 and meet Giuliana Rancic. Proceeds from the auction ending September 22, 2016 and hosted at charitybuzz.com/vwpinkbeetle will support The Pink Agenda’s mission and Giuliana Rancic’s FAB-U-WISH, an initiative that grants wishes to young women undergoing breast cancer treatment, in partnership with The Pink Agenda.
“The timing of the launch of the 2017 #PinkBeetle and our Red Bull Global Rallycross finale couldn’t be better. We’re excited to highlight this unique car by racing the striking color on track,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “Andretti Autosport has a strong tradition of raising awareness for cancer research and we’re happy to continue that good work with Volkswagen and Rockstar.”
About The Pink Agenda & FAB-U-WISH
The Pink Agenda believes that engaging today’s generation can go a long way toward finding tomorrow’s cure for breast cancer. That’s why The Pink Agenda, together with its partner the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, is working with the next generation of leaders to find and fund programs that are improving the lives of those suffering from breast cancer and conducting the groundbreaking research necessary to improve their odds. The Pink Agenda, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization launched in 2007, has contributed nearly $2 million to breast cancer research. In 2014, The Pink Agenda partnered with breast cancer survivor and television personality Giuliana Rancic and her initiative FAB-U-WISH. Together, Giuliana Rancic’s FAB-U-WISH and The Pink Agenda grant the most fabulous wishes to young women undergoing treatment for this devastating disease. www.thepinkagenda.org
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.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.
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