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VOLKSWAGEN ANDRETTI RALLYCROSS AIMS TO CONTINUE WINNING STREAK AT SEATTLE DOUBLEHEADER

Sep 7, 2017

Newly minted Manufacturer Championship winners turn their attention to locking up driver’s title at season’s penultimate venue.

Herndon, VA  — Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross returns to Seattle this weekend having already achieved one of its 2017 goals—a second consecutive Manufacturer Championship victory that was clinched after the last series outing in Atlantic City. Now, with three races remaining in the season, Scott Speed and Tanner Foust are fully focused on their Driver’s Championship ambitions.

Scott Speed is the man to beat right now, back at the top of the championship standings thanks to three consecutive race wins. The streak of dominant results has given Speed the advantage in the record books as the series’ winningest driver—a title that has bounced between the two Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers this season. Now, after regaining the championship lead in Atlantic City, Speed has his eyes set on a third consecutive Driver’s Championship and will try to amass an insurmountable point lead at the Seattle doubleheader.

“This is our last doubleheader of the season, and it will be important to grab as many points as possible before heading into the LA final,” said the driver of the No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle GRC. “If we stay out of trouble, I’m confident that we’ll be in good shape, but anything can happen in rallycross, so we’ll be pushing hard to be at the front of the field to better control our destiny.”

While Speed enjoyed a nearly perfect weekend in Atlantic City, his teammate, Tanner Foust, weathered more troubled waters. Through a combination of bad luck and the rough nature of rallycross competition, Foust fell back to third in the points standings.

“Atlantic City was a tough weekend for my side of the garage, but I know that we can bounce back and achieve better results in Seattle,” said the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC driver. “Last year’s event was awesome both from a results perspective and a great and enthusiastic fan turnout, so I’m hoping to replicate that again this weekend.”

In Seattle, Speed will once again be sporting the iconic red, white, and green Oberto livery, celebrating the brand’s home race. Oberto made its debut on the No. 41 Beetle GRC in Seattle last year and Speed is eager to perform well in front of the supportive crowd.

“It will be great to have some of the Oberto folks join us at the track this weekend,” said Speed. “We’ll be putting in a lot of effort to make a great show, so we hope to come out of this home race weekend with a pair of top finishes.”

The Seattle doubleheader will air LIVE on NBC. 4:30PM (ET) on Saturday, September 9 and 4:30PM (ET) on Sunday, September 10.

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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 five times (2005, 2007, 2014, 2016, 2017). 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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