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VOLKSWAGEN ANDRETTI RALLYCROSS BEGINS NEW RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP HUNT IN MEMPHIS

Apr 26, 2017

After a dominating 2016 season, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross and its drivers, Scott Speed and Tanner Foust, are prepared for more victories in 2017

Herndon, VA  — Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross returns to competition this weekend in Memphis, defending consecutive team and driver’s championships won in 2015 and 2016. With two fresh Beetle GRCs at their disposal, Scott Speed and Tanner Foust expect to mount strong campaigns in 2017, adding to their already considerable successes in the exciting and competitive racing championship.

Scott Speed earned a second consecutive driver’s championship with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross in 2016, backing up his first series title from 2015. Entering his fourth season of Red Bull Global Rallycross competition, the 11-time race winner is optimistic about his team’s chances of achieving more strong results in 2017.

“I’m more confident than I was at this point last year, so I’m excited to get back on track and show what we can do,” said Speed. “I think the package that we’ve developed in the offseason is really strong and I’m eager to get used to some of the new race formats the series has implemented for the season.”

Tanner Foust rode a record number of Heat wins to a close second-place finish in the driver’s championship last season. In 2017, the two-time series champion hopes to improve upon that result, adding to his already impressive racing résumé.

“We’ve done a lot of good work during the offseason through testing, so I think we’re in good shape for the start of the season,” said Foust. “It’s always amazing to see the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes, and I’m hoping to make sure that effort pays off for everyone with good results on track.”

The pair will race in a couple of newly-built Beetle GRCs, manufactured by Volkswagen Motorsport in Europe. The cars include updates meant to improve handling characteristics, but will race with the same 2.0-liter  560-horsepower engines that propelled the team to success in 2016.

The first round of the 2017 Red Bull GRC season will air on NBC—Sunday, April 30 at 1:00PM (ET).

 

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, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, 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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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 two Global Rallycross championship (2015, 2016). To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at AndrettiAutosport.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti.

 

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