TANNER FOUST CLAIMS RACE VICTORY AND SCOTT SPEED WINS HIS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIP AT AMERICAS RALLYCROSS FINALE
Oct 1, 2018
In its third 1-2 finish of the season, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross earned a fourth-consecutive championship for Scott Speed, wrapping up a nearly perfect Americas Rallycross season
Herndon, VA — In another display of the team’s strength, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross completed the inaugural season of the Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX) with a 1-2 finish at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) this weekend. Tanner Foust made a near clean sweep of the event, earning a top qualifying spot before winning his Semifinal heat and the Final—his second event win of the season. Scott Speed fought back to finish second in the Final, securing his, and the team’s, fourth-consecutive rallycross championship.
After a series of disappointing Qualifying Heat results, Speed's grasp of the championship lead seemed tenuous. While Foust marched to two straight Qualifying wins, Speed was mired in seventh-place in the standings, before a victory in Q4 boosted him to second behind teammate Foust. The No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle Rallycross driver converted pole-position in his Semifinal to a win, all but guaranteeing the championship victory.
“It’s been an incredible four years with this team, and I’m so happy to win another championship with everyone from Volkswagen and Andretti,” said Speed. “We’ve worked so hard to develop this program and these cars—I feel like I've grown a lot as a driver, too—so it's amazing to reap the rewards of all that effort with the amazing results we've gotten."
Foust was in control of his fate for most of the weekend, searching for maximum points to dethrone his teammate from the championship lead. As top qualifier, the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle Rallycross took another win in the Semifinal, setting up an inside starting position for the Final. Foust raced away from Speed at the start and took a comfortable win—his second of the season.
“What a strong weekend for our team,” exclaimed Foust after the finale. “We were up front in a variety of conditions and there was never really a question about what the strongest package was. I’m stoked for everyone to celebrate another championship and can’t wait to get back on track again.”
In 2018, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross won each of the season’s four races and its drivers never finished off the podium. In its five years of competition, the team has won four drivers’ and five team championships. The team’s cars have finished on the podium 58 times, including 30 event wins.
A highlight broadcast show of the COTA weekend will air on CBS Sports, Wednesday, October 3 at 8 PM (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 Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 650 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 five times (2005, 2007, 2014, 2016, 2017). Additionally, the team holds two X Games Gold Medals, three Global Rallycross championships (2015, 2016, 2017) and one Americas Rallycross Championship (2018). To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at AndrettiAutosport.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti.