After winning the U.S. rallycross titles for the past two years, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team gets back in action this weekend with Scott Speed, Tanner Foust and their Volkswagen Beetle Supercars at one of the world’s most historic race tracks.
The team will compete against several world-class rallycross drivers in the newly launched Americas Rallycross series, with events throughout the summer culminating in a championship race this September at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Their first challenge: the new rallycross circuit at Britain’s Silverstone circuit, part of its Speedmachine festival, where fans will be able to see the U.S. rallycross stars and the British round of the separate World Rallycross Championship.
The race will be a homecoming of sorts for Foust, who won races at Silverstone in the 2011 and 2012 European Rallycross Championship, the first American to do so. “Having World Rallycross expand its reach to the U.S. is going to make the competition so much more accessible for fans to better understand the sport,” said the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle driver. “ARX will be a great platform to find new fans and spread the word about rallycross.”
Speed and Foust will again run in the Beetle Supercars built by Volkswagen Motorsports in Europe. The cars have been updated to improve their handling, but will race with the same 2.0-liter 560-horsepower turbocharged engines that propelled the team to success in 2017.
“I’m excited to compete with ARX,” said Scott Speed, driver of the No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle. “The competition is going to be tough, but our Beetles are ready. I think this new series will be a great place to push our team and the cars in 2018.”
Four qualifying rounds, followed by the semifinals and finals will be held across Saturday and Sunday, May 25-27. The ARX champion of Speedmachine will be crowned live on the ARX Rallycross Facebook page, with additional coverage on CBSSports.com.