Both Volkswagen Andretti Global Rallycross drivers found success this weekend at the season finale in Los Angeles, securing wins in the race and the overall Driver’s Championship.
Scott Speed, driver of the No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle GRC, focused on protecting the championship title all weekend. To do this, he needed to be fast, but limit the risks he took on the track. After qualifying second on Friday, Speed battled second and third-place finishes in early Heat races on Saturday, but won his Semifinal putting him back into a good starting position for the Final.
Speed was shuffled to fourth in early laps of the Final, but fought his way back to a second-place finish with a smart execution of the joker lap, safely clinching the Driver’s Championship.
“The whole week leading up to the race I was constantly thinking of the what-ifs, all the problems that could happen going in with a solid lead,” said Scott Speed. “My hat is off to everyone – I have the best team out here. I’m so lucky for them and we have great partners in Volkswagen, Circle K, Oberto, Expedite Home Loans and Rockstar – it was a team effort!”
Tanner Foust, driver of the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC, wasn’t just trying to win the race, but with 30 points separating him from Speed, Foust was aiming to win the championship as well. He kicked off the weekend qualifying fastest out of the ten cars participating, and continued to stay in the top spot through Saturday’s Heat races and Semifinal. Foust finished the perfect weekend at the top of the race podium, but ultimately, couldn’t help but watch his teammate finish directly behind him in second-place. Foust celebrated his fifth win of the 2017 season and finished second in the overall Driver’s Championship for the second year in a row.
“The key is qualifying,” said Tanner Foust. “That sets you up for success for the rest of the weekend. We snuck that away from Scott [Speed] and then there was a glimmer of hope – we made it through the Heats. We came into the Final actually having a chance to win [the championship] if Scott finished eighth or worst. I’m not going to lie, that was a big gap in points, but I was feeling it. I’m so happy for our team on the Rockstar side of the Volkswagen Andretti tent.”
Going into this weekend’s race, just 30 points separated first-place, Speed, from second-place, Foust, in the Driver’s Championship. With the conclusion of Saturday’s race, Scott Speed finished the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season with 826 points, 19 points ahead of Tanner Foust. Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross also celebrated its third consecutive Manufacturer’s Championship.
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will return to action for the 2018 Red Bull Global Rallycross season, hoping to keep the momentum going.