Tanner Foust signs extension with Volkswagen Andretti RX

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Tanner Foust will continue to race with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross for the next two seasons, the team announced Friday.

The full release from the team is below:

Coming off a pair of podium finishes at the Red Bull Global Rallycross doubleheader from the Port of LA, Tanner Foust has announced the extension of his contract with the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team. The five-time race winner, professional stunt driver and television personality will continue to pilot the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC throughout the next two seasons.

“I’m very happy to be renewing my contract with the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team for the next two years,” said Tanner Foust. “We have built momentum in so many ways over the last year and a half and developed the Beetle GRC into an impressive machine with Volkswagen Motorsport. I have a great relationship with Rockstar Energy Drink, our team gels perfectly and we have really set the bar for the entire rallycross community in terms of professionalism. It’s the right team, manufacturer and series to be with. Now the pressure is on me to get results on the track and that’s how it should be!”

“Tanner has done a great deal both in and out of the race car to help develop our GRC program and I couldn’t be happier to see him back with us for the next two years,” said Clark Campbell, General Manager, Volkswagen Experiential Marketing. “We’re excited to continue working with Tanner to bring new fans to the sport and more wins for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross.”

Foust is the only driver to have entered every U.S. round of the GRC since the series began in 2011. His two championships, five race wins and 15 career podiums places Foust firmly in the GRC record book. The two-time and reigning Fan Favorite award winner currently runs sixth in the 2015 championship standings, only 63 points behind the points leader. Foust hopes to add to his tally of one victory and two podium finishes in 2015 during the final three rounds of the championship at Barbados and Las Vegas. The re-signing of the two-time champion will guarantee continuity at Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross with teammate Scott Speed also under contract through the 2017 season.

“With his vast GRC experience, Tanner has been a great addition to the team,” said Michael Andretti, President, Chairman and CEO of Andretti Autosport. “We anticipate continued success together, and know that the renewed pairing of our drivers will bring us even greater results in the years to come.”

Supercross reveals 2023 Daytona track designed by Ricky Carmichael for 16th time

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For the 16th consecutive year, Ricky Carmichael has designed a signature course for the Daytona Supercross race, which will be March 4, 2023.

Eli Tomac took advantage of a last lap mistake by Cooper Webb last year to win a record setting sixth Daytona race – and with that win, he broke out of a tie Carmichael.

Construction on the course will begin two days after the completion of the 65th running of NASCAR’s Daytona 500 when haulers start to unload 7,200 tons of dirt onto the grassy infield in order to create a course 3,300 feet long.

“Ricky has designed yet another incredible course for this year’s Daytona Supercross,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher in a press release. “We’re thrilled to unveil it to the fans, and we can’t wait for them to come out to the track and see it in person.”

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Carmichael’s Daytona course will take center stage for Round 8 of the 17-race Supercross season and the 31-race SuperMotocross season.

The Supercross race coincides with Daytona’s Bike Week, which runs from March 3-12 and includes races from the American Flat Track series and the legendary Daytona 200 speedway race that is contested on the infield road course.

Last year’s course was reported to have 57 obstacles including the return of an over-under bridge. For 2023 the number of obstacles listed in 42, but that will not keep this from being one of the toughest tracks on which the Monster Energy Supercross series will race.

Many of the same elements from last year will be present including sharp turns, vaulted jumps, sand sections and a finish line that aligns with the oval tracks’ start/finish line.

“This year’s Daytona Supercross design is one of the best,” Carmichael said. “It races great for the riders – it’s safe yet challenging and it’s very similar to last year with the split lanes. Daytona is the toughest, gnarliest race on the Supercross circuit, but it’s the most special to win.

“This track is going to produce great racing and I think the riders are going to put on a fantastic display for all our fans.”

While Tomac has dominated this race during his career, Daytona has also been the site of some other dramatic victories. In 2021 Aaron Plessinger scored his first career Supercross podium in 35 starts with a win there and reversed a three-year streak of bad luck on the track.

The Daytona Supercross race is the first of two the series will contest on speedway infield courses. A little more than one month later, Atlanta Motor Speedway will enter their third season as a supercross venue. These two courses will serve as an early test for the SuperMotocross three-race finale that begins September 9, 2023 at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The three playoff races will each be held on courses that contain elements of Supercross and Motocross, much like Daytona and Atlanta.