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.”

AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”