The first season of Americas Rallycross began with a familiar sight – two Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers on top of the podium.
Tanner Foust claimed victory and Scott Speed took second in the inaugural round of Americas Rallycross last weekend at Silverstone Circuit in England. The pair faced a mix of old and new competitors around the 0.6-mile dirt and asphalt track, but Foust and his No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle dominated the field, with top-three finishes in each of the four qualifying rounds and a victory in his semifinal race. With pole position for the final, Foust led from flag to flag.
“I’m super stoked to get the first Americas Rallycross win with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross today,” said Foust after the race. “The team’s worked really hard, giving me and Scott awesome Beetles to race, and I’m glad we got to wrap up a victory for them and Rockstar after a long trip away from home.”
Reigning rallycross champion Speed had a minor setback in the second qualifying round after contact with another competitor but won his semifinal in the No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle Rallycross and started next to Foust on the front row of the Final.
After losing a little ground on the first lap, Speed moved back up through the field but was unable to catch Foust, settling for a second-place finish.
“We didn’t manage to get a win, but that was one of the better races of my career,” said Speed. “It’s super fun to come here and race with hard but fair competition, and I’m happy to grab a 1-2 finish for the Volkswagen Andretti team.”
The race sets the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers as the duo to beat when Americas Rallycross is back in action this July at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.