TANNER FOUST CLAIMS HARD-FOUGHT PODIUM FINISH AT INAUGURAL NITRO RALLYCROSS
Sep 24, 2018
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross battled a tough track and intense competition to gain a top finishing position in their first visit to the Nitro World Games.
Herndon, VA — After a difficult weekend that showcased the best of the team’s determination, speed, and hard work, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’s Tanner Foust grabbed a third-place finish in a wild Nitro Rallycross Final. A coming together of the race leaders on Lap 1 knocked Scott Speed out of the event and opened the door for a hard-charging Foust to reach the bottom step of the podium.
Foust’s weekend was anything but easy, and the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle Rallycross crew was kept busy repairing damage caused by the extreme track and close racing. Foust won his Challenger Heat despite an injured car, and mechanics from both sides of the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross garage worked together under immense time pressure to prepare the multiple-time rallycross champion’s Beetle for the Semifinal.
In the Final, Foust started in the back half of the field only to emerge from the first-lap chaos in third-place. Despite sustaining damage in the melee, the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle Rallycross chased down the leaders but was unable to make up track position before the checkered flag.
“This was a crazy weekend for everyone at Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross,” said Foust after the race. “I’m proud of how hard everyone’s worked and glad we got a bit of a reward for the effort at such a wild event.”
Foust's teammate, Scott Speed, enjoyed a less hectic weekend until the first-lap carnage ruined his chances of a top finish. Speed earned an automatic spot in the Semifinal by virtue of his quick times in the Heat races and looked set to challenge for victory, starting his No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle Rallycross second on the grid.
“This event was a totally new experience for me, learning to take a giant jump and racing on a course with all sorts of crazy obstacles to contend with,” said Speed. “It’s a shame that the Final had to turn out the way it did, but I’ll take the learnings from this weekend as we finish out our regular season of races next weekend.”
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will return to action for the final round of the inaugural Americas Rallycross Championship next weekend at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
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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 three Global Rallycross championship (2015, 2016, 2017). To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at AndrettiAutosport.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti.