The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team made a clean sweep of the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship, placing first and second in the Driver’s Championship and winning the Manufacturer’s Championship — but not before drivers Scott Speed and Tanner Foust, crew, and their 560-horsepower Volkswagen Beetle GRC cars tackled punishing courses, aggressive competitors, extreme weather, and mechanical challenges.
The excitement of rallycross isn’t lost on its competitors. The fast pace and tough terrain is reminiscent of a drag race, stage rally, circuit race, and demolition derby all in one. And the high-powered environment kept the Volkswagen team on pins and needles every race.
Take a look back at the team’s spectacular 2016 season:
The Car Most Likely to Win
Foust completed a perfect weekend in the first and second round in Phoenix, May 21–22. He set the quickest time in qualifying and won each Heat, Semifinal, and both main events in the doubleheader weekend. Speed won all his Heats and Semifinals and came in second to his teammate in Round 2. Behind the scenes, the team changed the transmission in Speed’s car in under an hour, cutting nearly twenty minutes from the time the procedure normally takes. The car was a winner from the start, and the weekend marked the Volkswagen Beetle GRC’s seventh overall victory in only its second full season.
The Biggest Battle
Foust and Speed finished third and fourth, respectively, during the Dallas round on June 4. After leading every session, the pair of drivers ran into trouble on the first lap and were shuffled back into the field. The tight Dallas course offered few passing opportunities, so Foust had to settle for third place and Speed for fourth. But Foust’s finish — along with Heat and Semifinal wins — provisionally kept him in the lead in the standings.