With its seventh win of the year, Volkswagen clinched the Red Bull Global Rallycross Manufacturer’s Championship in Seattle on Saturday, marking the brand’s first title in its three-season history with the sport. Tanner Foust drove his No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC to victory, regaining the championship lead from his teammate, Scott Speed, who finished Saturday’s Final in fourth place.
Once again, Foust was untouchable in the preliminary rounds of competition at Evergreen Speedway. The two-time Red Bull Global Rallycross champion extended his record-setting streak of Heat and Semifinal wins to 25, earning maximum points before starting the weekend’s Final from pole. Foust led from the start of the rain-affected Final, controlling the pace and keeping clean, crossing the line more than three seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
“After not getting the best out of the car in qualifying, we really came back strong in the races this weekend,” said Foust. “It’s awesome to come to a place with such great fans and put on a heck of a show on one of the gnarliest tracks we’ve seen all season.”
Scott Speed, driver of the No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle GRC had a more difficult time through the preliminary rounds in Seattle. After contact with another driver put Speed into the tire barrier, triggering a red flag in his Semifinal, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver was forced to restart from the rear of the field. In the restarted race, Speed was involved in another incident while coming through the field, knocking the hood pins out of his car, causing the hood to open, blocking the driver’s windshield. Unable to see, Speed retired from the event and was forced to race his way into the Final through the Last Chance Qualifier. Speed started the Final from the last row of the grid, but a quick start and consistently fast driving allowed him to methodically work his way through the field, reaching fourth by the checkered flag.
“After an up and down weekend, we ended on a positive note, making our way forward in the Final. Just one spot shy of the podium, but we’ll take what we can get,” said Speed. “Our crew worked really hard to get the car back together for the LCQ, so I’m grateful for all the effort everyone put in.”
Foust regained the lead in the championship standings with this weekend’s result. Both Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers maintain a sizable points margin over their competitors before the season-finale doubleheader in Los Angeles next month.
“We’ve already wrapped up one championship for VW, and it looks like the Driver’s title is likely to be decided between our team,” explained Foust. “We’ve all worked incredibly hard to be where we are this year. I’m looking forward to an exciting finale in LA!”
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will be back in action for the final rounds of the 2016 season in LA. The doubleheader will air on LIVE on NBC—Sunday, October 9 at 3:00PM (ET).