Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross battled a tough track and intense competition to gain a podium spot in their first visit to the Nitro World Games.
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 one knocked Scott Speed out of the event and opened the door for a hard-charging Foust to reach the bottom step of the podium.
“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 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.
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