Scott Speed dominated the weekend in Indianapolis, earning a much-needed win at Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’s home event at Lucas Oil Raceway ahead of his teammate Tanner Foust. The result marks another 1-2 finish for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross–the fourth such result for the team in 2017 so far.
After encountering difficulties in Race 1 at Ottawa last month, Speed was determined to make the most of the Indianapolis race weekend, clawing back the championship points deficit from where he began the event. Immediately, the driver of the No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle GRC was quick, setting the fastest time in practice and earning a pole position in qualifying before cruising to victory in Heat 1B on Saturday evening.
On Sunday, Speed continued his time at the top of the charts, setting the quick time in warmups and going on to win his remaining two Heat races and Semifinal. When the Final began, Speed headed the field courtesy of a clean launch and was in control of the race from there, leading his teammate across the line to score his second victory of the season.
“What a great way to celebrate our team’s home race, with a commanding 1-2 finish,” said Speed after the race. “We knew we needed to get the most out of this weekend to help our championship hopes, and that’s just what we did. I couldn’t be prouder of the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross crew, and I’m looking forward to keeping this momentum rolling for the next races.”
Foust’s Indianapolis event was not as straightforward as his teammate’s, unable to enjoy clean Heat races for much of the weekend. After setting the second-quickest time in qualifying, Foust struggled in his first Heat on Saturday, setting up a difficult run from back in the pack as racing began on Sunday. Despite that, the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink driver managed to win Heat 3A and his Semifinal, allowing him to start from second-position on the grid in the Final.
Foust began the Final running side-by-side with Speed, but slotted in behind to guard against other competitors in the race’s first braking zone. From there, he ran in second for the rest of the race, pulling away from the rest of the field, but unable to close the gap to Speed.
“We had a tough weekend on my side of the garage, but fought through for a good batch of points,” said Foust. “We didn’t get quite the result we wanted, but I know that we can get back on the right track for the rest of the season. I’m super proud of all the Volkswagen Andretti guys who put on a great show in front of their friends and family.”
Speed’s complete sweep of the weekend allowed him to retake second position in the provisional points standings behind his teammate. Volkswagen continues to grow its lead in the manufacturer’s championship with yet another 2017 victory.
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will return to Atlantic City for another doubleheader next month August 12-13.