Andretti Autosport had its last double race weekend of the year, with its Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team in Los Angeles for the Red Bull Global Rallycross doubleheader, and its Indy Lights and Pro Mazda teams in the Mazda Road to Indy at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey.
The VARX team had its best weekend of the year by far, with Scott Speed giving himself a realistic championship chance after winning both of the two Supercars final races.
Speed, in the No. 41 Merchant First Volkswagen Beetle, led teammate Tanner Foust in the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Volkswagen Beetle on Saturday.
“It’s a tough track, it’s super technical honestly, but it’s definitely my favorite so far this season,” Speed said via a team release on Saturday. “The crossover jump is a huge addition to Global Rallycross that we all love; so I’m happy to see it make a comeback.
“There was a lot of strategy that played out in today’s race, obviously that final turned out exactly how we wanted. It feels incredible to walk away with a win and more importantly some solid championship points. Fingers crossed that we can end tomorrow’s race the same way.”
Then on Sunday, Speed led home Chip Ganassi Racing driver Brian Deegan, who posted his best finish of the season in the No. 38 Rockstar Energy Ford Fiesta ST, and Foust.
“It’s been a great weekend, obviously at the beginning of the season we struggled a bit, but with a new program like this you’re bound to have problems and we have had them,” Speed said via Sunday’s team release.
“I think our Beetles are dialed in, they are fast and durable, so I see us as a major threat for the championship. I couldn’t be happier, I feel so lucky to be able to drive this Merchant First Beetle and I have a great teammate, a great team and I cannot say enough good things about Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross.”
Ken Block, who’s led the championship from the start of the season this year, endured a nightmare weekend in the No. 43 Monster Energy Ford Fiesta ST for Hoonigan Racing Division.
Block missed the final on Saturday and a contact-related mechanical on Sunday cost him even more points. What had been a 44-point lead over rookie Sebastian Eriksson entering L.A. was cut to 13 over Speed. The top seven points are separated by 64 points heading into the final three races of the season, with a doubleheader in Barbados in October and then the season finale at Las Vegas in November.