Double 1-2 Finishes in Seattle all but Lock Up Driver's Championship for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross

Tanner Foust was nearly perfect in Seattle, claiming two victories in the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season’s last doubleheader, almost ensuring a Driver’s Championship victory for one of the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammates at the season finale in Los Angeles. Scott Speed drove two competitive and smart races to protect his lead in the championship points, finishing second in both events at Evergreen Speedway behind his teammate. The results bring the team its fifth and sixth 1-2 finishes of the season, continuing its reign as the top team in the Red Bull Global Rallycross series.

With the exception of Qualifying, Tanner Foust’s Saturday could not have gone much better in Seattle. The driver of the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC took wins in each round of Heats and the Semifinal before wrapping up a comfortable victory in the first Final of the doubleheader weekend.

Sunday was a similar story for Foust, who gained good points in the preliminary rounds, leading to a front-row starting position in the Final. Foust made a brilliant start from the outside and managed to work his way around teammate Speed in the dirt section of the course. From there, he refused to look back, maintaining a small gap to Speed and pulling away from the rest of the field before crossing the finish line to take his second win of the weekend.

“Seattle has been a great place for me to race over the years, but this weekend was really special,” said Foust after collecting his second trophy of the weekend. “Taking back-to-back wins like that is just what we needed to do for the championship, and I’m super proud to deliver those trophies for my crew who have worked super hard all year long.”

Speed entered the weekend with a sizeable points lead after his own doubleheader sweep in Atlantic City last month.  With a mindset to rack up as many points as possible without taking risks, he achieved his goals, running clean races and coming away with a pair of second-place finishes.

“Even though we didn’t win in Seattle, this was still a successful event for the No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle GRC crew,” said Speed on Sunday. “We grabbed tons of points, and we’re in a really good position for LA. We’ve always had great luck there, so I think we’re in great shape for the finale.”

With his pair of wins, Foust regained a share of the title of winningest driver in GRC history—an accolade that has been traded between the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammates all year.

Provisionally, in the championship standings, Speed sits 30 points ahead of his teammate, and 74 points in front of the driver in third place. With only 81 points on offer in Los Angeles, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammates are in a strong position to win another championship crown. Foust and Speed are each seeking their third titles—for Speed, his third consecutive championship and for Foust, his first since 2012.

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