ANOTHER 1-2 FINISH FOR VOLKSWAGEN ANDRETTI RALLYCROSS ALL BUT CLINCHES CHAMPIONSHIP IN INAUGURAL AMERICAS RALLYCROSS SEASON
Aug 6, 2018
Scott Speed completed a perfect weekend at Trois-Rivières, leading a resurgent Tanner Foust across the line for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross's second 1-2 finish of the season.
Herndon, VA — Once again, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross proved the class of the field as the Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX) made its maiden visit to Canada and the Trois-Rivières circuit this weekend. Championship leader Scott Speed scored a clean sweep, leading every session on the way to the second back-to-back ARX victory. Close behind Speed in the Final was his teammate, Tanner Foust, who bounced back from a big accident on Saturday afternoon to claim a third consecutive podium finish.
Speed led from the outset on the tight Trois-Rivières track, winning his two qualifying rounds on Saturday. Despite the reigning champion's early success, the closeness of competitors' lap times prompted Speed and the Volkswagen Andretti engineers and mechanics to make changes to the No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle Rallycross overnight.
The team’s work paid off on Sunday, benefiting Speed to the tune of three more round wins, before ultimate victory in the Final. Speed’s sweep of the weekend was the first such accomplishment in ARX history.
“I’m really proud to get the win this weekend, particularly on a track like this,” said Speed after the checkered flag. “This type of rally-style racing on thick gravel and with constantly changing conditions was totally foreign to me a few years ago, so I’m happy to see the results of my study and the team’s hard work pay off with a dialed-in Beetle and a great result in the race.”
Foust's path to the podium was more complicated than Speed's, but the multiple rallycross champion demonstrated his and the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team's tenacity as they fought back from adversity to a well-earned second-place finish at Trois-Rivières.
Starting from the outside of the first qualifying round thanks to a random draw, Foust did well to finish second behind his teammate, setting the third fastest overall time in Q1. Saturday afternoon's second round of qualifying marked the start of troubles for Foust's side of the garage. While moving up through the field from his third-place starting position on Lap 1, Foust was forced into the wall by a competitor, causing significant damage to his No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle Rallycross. Unable to restart the red-flagged race, Foust's team set about the task of rebuilding his car for Sunday.
The overnight rebuild was successful, and Foust returned to the track with a vengeance, easily winning his third qualifying heat. A close-fought first lap battle with his teammate in Q4 proved that competitive on-track battles needn’t result in crash damage, but Foust’s bad luck continued after a problem with his right-front wheel forced his retirement.
Once again, Foust returned stronger than ever, rising from a second-row starting position in the first Semifinal to finish second behind Speed. He duplicated the same move in the Final with a dynamite start and was the first driver to challenge his teammate, chasing the championship-leader to the checkered flag.
"It's been a tough weekend for the Rockstar Energy Drink guys, but they've done an incredible job not only to put this car back together but make it competitive in a quick, overnight rebuild," said Foust. "I'm hoping for some better luck in the next events, because I know we've got the speed to grab another win as payback."
With their 1-2 sweep at Trois-Rivières, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers extended their lead in the championship table, making it a virtual certainty that the inaugural ARX title will go to one of the two Beetle Rallycross drivers. Before the final round of the inaugural running of the Americas Rallycross Championship at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) at the end of September, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will make an exhibition appearance at the Nitro World Games at the Utah Motorsports Campus, September 22-23.
The ARX highlight broadcast show of the Trois-Rivières round will air on CBS Sports Wednesday, August 8th, at 7:00 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, Tiguan, and Tiguan Limited 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 Americas Rallycross competition. Additionally, the team competes as Walkinshaw Andretti United in the Australian Supercars category through partnership with Walkinshaw Racing and United Autosports.
The global racing enterprise 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 five times at the famed Indianapolis 500-Mile Race (2005, 2007, 2014, 2016, 2017).