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Red Bull GRC: Both VW Andretti Beetles go pink for LA

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The pair of Volkswagen Beetle GRCs will turn pink for this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross season finale, Red Bull GRC Los Angeles Presented by Honda.

Either Scott Speed or Tanner Foust will walk away with this year’s Supercars title. A release outlining the initiative is below:

After wrapping up its first Red Bull Global Rallycross Manufacturer’s Championship in Seattle, Volkswagen will add to season-ending celebrations at the series finale in Los Angeles with special liveries for its pair of Beetle GRCs, commemorating the launch of the 2017 Volkswagen #PinkBeetle—a new, limited-edition model of the iconic two-door car. Reigning Red Bull GRC Champion, Scott Speed, will race in the No. 41 #PinkBeetle Beetle GRC, while current points leader, Tanner Foust, will compete in the No. 34 Rockstar Perfectberry™ Beetle GRC in support of The Pink Agenda—a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and money for breast cancer research and care among young professionals.

“We’ve had a lot of success with our Beetle GRC this season, so it will be fun to mark the end of the season with a fresh coat of paint,” said Scott Speed. “The #PinkBeetle already has lots of eager fans across the VW community, so I’m looking forward to adding some excitement to the launch of this special car with our 560-horsepower version.”

TannerFoust will trade in his traditional black and yellow look for black and pink in LA, competing in the No. 34 Perfectberry Rockstar Beetle GRC. The pink-themed car will support in raising breast cancer awareness for The Pink Agenda.

“It’s an awesome opportunity to be able to support a great cause like The Pink Agenda through our racing,” said Foust. “The PerfectberryRockstar Beetle GRC will be hard to miss out on the track and I’m looking forward to hopefully put it front and center—at the top of the podium.”

Volkswagen is providing #PinkBeetle fans with the chance to become the first U.S. owner of the limited-edition car, before it hits dealer showrooms in October. The company has teamed with Giuliana Rancic’s FAB-U-WISH initiative and The Pink Agenda to offer auction bidders this exclusive right and the special opportunity to fly to New York to attend The Pink Agenda’s Annual Gala on October 13, 2016 and meet Giuliana Rancic. Proceeds from the auction ending September 22, 2016 and hosted at will support The Pink Agenda’s mission and Giuliana Rancic’s FAB-U-WISH, an initiative that grants wishes to young women undergoing breast cancer treatment, in partnership with The Pink Agenda.

“The timing of the launch of the 2017 #PinkBeetle and our Red Bull Global Rallycross finale couldn’t be better. We’re excited to highlight this unique car by racing the striking color on track,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “Andretti Autosport has a strong tradition of raising awareness for cancer research and we’re happy to continue that good work with our partners at Volkswagen and Rockstar.”

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.