Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross claimed its second double podium finish of the year in a stunning race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. After a host of mechanical problems and contact with other cars on Saturday, the VARX crew spent all night making repairs to the cars of Tanner Foust and Scott Speed, stopping only briefly to return to the team’s hotel for showers before beginning work again on Sunday morning.
The hard work paid off with Tanner Foust claiming his third victory of the season, and Scott Speed claiming second, in a miraculous drive from the back of the field, that saw the reigning Red Bull Global Rallycross champion pass six cars in the ten-lap Final to reach the second step of the podium.
“Both cars have been getting chewed on all weekend,” said Foust after the race. “It’s just epic to come back one and two after all that, and it will be a well-deserved bit of champagne after this.”
Speed was quick to give credit to his crew for building up the team’s backup car overnight, allowing him to compete in Sunday’s activities. “I’m glad for the guys that they got a little bit of a payoff, because they worked all night to get this car ready,” he said. “I’m really happy for the guys to get the podium after a weekend like this.”
Foust also noted the incredible performance from his teammate in Sunday’s Final, calling it an “epic drive.” His own race was marked by a strong challenge from competitors at the start, who used their cars as battering rams to try and gain position on the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC. “I’m really impressed that this whole thing stayed together,” the race winner said. “It took some hard hits, but she held together and was wickedly quick. I can’t wait for the next race.”
Foust remains in the lead of the provisional points standings while Speed sits in the third position. Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross has won three of the four races this season and maintains its position atop the Manufacturer Championship leaderboard.
Red Bull Global Rallycross will return to action for another doubleheader at MCAS New River on July 2 and 3. Each race will air live on NBC Saturday, July 2 at 5:00PM (ET) for Round 6, and Sunday, July 3 at 5:00PM (ET) for Round 7.