An exciting race saw Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) fall from the top step of the podium, leaving room for Patrik Sandell and Bryan Herta Rallysport to take their first win of the season in Dallas on Sunday. After falling back in a first lap mix up, VARX drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed were unable to make up ground, hounding their competitors all the way to third and fourth place finishes respectively.
Saturday’s result came as a surprise, as Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross had dominated the weekend until the Final. Just as in the season-opening event in Phoenix, Foust and Speed had a handle on the field, claiming the top two times in qualifying and earning victories in every heat and semifinal event. Even the dominating speed of the Beetle GRC couldn’t overcome the tight confines of the Dallas course, however, as both drivers were unable to get around their slower competition. Foust raced second-place finisher Steve Arpin cleanly in an exciting battle throughout the ten-lap final, but could not find a way past the Canadian driver.
“It was awesome to race it out,” said Foust on the podium. “Actually having mud on the windshield was interesting and I found the wiper button pretty quick! It’s unfortunate because we had the perfect season going up until the Final, but at least we had some fun battling it out in front of the fans.”
Speed was disappointed to miss the podium by one spot, but reflected on the positive message of his car’s raw speed. “It’s kind of a shame to end the race like that,” he said after climbing from the car. “Our cars are really fast, and we know where we should end up if we don’t run into problems.”
Saturday’s result allows Sandell to leapfrog Speed in the championship standings, sitting in second position after the third of twelve races in 2016. Foust maintains his championship lead, earning just six fewer points on the weekend than race-winner Sandell.
Red Bull Global Rallycross will be back in action in two weeks for a doubleheader event from Daytona International Raceway June 18-19.