Andretti Rallycross takes 1-2 finish with Volkswagen Beetle Supercars at Trois Rivieres
Aug 5, 2019
- Tanner Foust wins ARX of Canada round, closes gap to points leader
- Rookie teammate Cabot Bigham gets first podium, with second in the Final
Herndon, VA — The Andretti Rallycross team finished an excellent weekend at the Canadian round of the Americas Rallycross series at Trois Rivieres, with a 1-2 in the Final. Tanner Foust finished first, leading home rookie teammate Cabot Bigham, who finished second and secured his first podium in the series. As a result of good results in the qualifying heats, Semi-Finals and Final, Foust now trails championship leader Scott Speed (Subaru) by just five points.
Although the Beetles struggled for pace early in the weekend, Foust and Bigham came good when it mattered. In the Q4 heat, Foust was lined up against all three factory Subarus, and ended up beating all of them. “That sure felt like a Semi-Final,” said Foust afterwards. “It feels good to take a win against all that blue!”
Bigham suffered an up-and-down weekend, breaking the suspension of his Beetle in the Q4 heat. But after sterling work from the Andretti Rallycross crew, he came back to win the first Semi-Final and then sat on the rear bumper of teammate Foust during the Final to rack up his first Supercar podium.
"It was a complete roller-coaster this weekend,” said Foust. “We had a slap of reality on Saturday morning with the speed of the Subarus, and all of a sudden we were complete underdogs. In the end, just epic. I have to give credit to Volkswagen and Andretti Rallycross and their engineering and mechanical skills. The result shows how strong this team is, when you don’t have the fastest cars on track.”
After a difficult start to his maiden full season in ARX Supercars, Bigham showed why Andretti Rallycross placed their faith in him. "I can’t thank the Andretti team enough for keeping me motivated and not letting me get down on myself too hard. ARX is a very dynamic sport and having a supportive team behind you is everything. I am really looking forward to our next round in COTA."
The second season of ARX racing continues September 28 at Circuit of the Americas, near Austin, TX. The Andretti Rallycross drivers currently sit second and seventh in the provisional championship standings.
Coverage of the ARX of Canada round will air on CBS Sports on Wednesday, August 7th at 8:00 PM (ET).
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The global racing enterprise boasts four IndyCar Series championships, three Indy Lights titles, one Pro Mazda championship and one USF2000 championship, and has captured victory five times at the famed Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. Additionally, the team holds two X Games Gold Medals and four U.S. rallycross championships.
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