Red Bull GRC: Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross excited for first race at military base


Here are thoughts from the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammates, Tanner Foust and Scott Speed, heading into this weekend’s fourth race of the Red Bull Global Rallycross season.

The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team heads to North Carolina this weekend for the fourth round of the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship. With two podium finishes in the first three races, drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed aim to best their finishing streak at the first major league rallycross event on an active military base.

Tanner Foust, driver of the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle GRC, currently sits in third position in the series’ driver championship. Coming off of a win in Daytona, the 2011 and 2012 series champion stands just 17 points from the top spot.

“Daytona was a pretty brutal weekend for the Volkswagen Andretti team with the doubleheader, the intense heat and car issues, so I’m looking forward to getting into North Carolina and starting fresh,” said Foust. “I was thrilled to get a win out of the Daytona weekend and get some points towards the championship, so I’m looking forward to carrying that momentum into North Carolina. Racing on a military base is a great opportunity to bring rallycross to a really important fan base and to hopefully show some appreciation for the men and woman that are fighting for our country.”

Scott Speed, driver of the No. 41 Shark Week Volkswagen Beetle GRC, fell from second to seventh in the driver championship after suffering mechanical problems during the doubleheader in Daytona two weeks ago. Now 61 points behind the leader and the mechanical issues addressed, Speed is eager to get back to the front.

“I’m excited to race for the men and women that serve our country at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River this Fourth of July weekend,” said Speed. “It’s my home race, so I have a lot of family and friends coming out to support and hopefully we’ll be able to put on a good show. The Daytona weekend was rough to say the least, so we’re hoping our luck turns around fast. Right now, we just need to focus on what we can control and keep fingers crossed that it translates into some championship points.”