Dream weekend for Foust, Speed, Volkswagen Andretti RX, in Barbados

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Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross enjoyed a banner weekend at Bushy Park in Barbados, the second-to-last round of the Red Bull Global Rallycross season.

Tanner Foust won both races in his No. 34 Rockstar Energy Volkswagen Beetle, and teammate Scott Speed now leads the points in the No. 41 Merchant First Beetle, heading to the finale at Las Vegas next month.

“Honestly, the Volkswagen Beetle GRCs held their own today, so it’s an awesome finish for the whole crew. We really made up some time; the Volkswagen Andretti team did an incredible job at preparing these cars for the weekend,” Foust said after the Round 10 win on Saturday, what was his second of the year.

“Hopefully we can hit the ground running tomorrow and try some new things in the early morning practice session. The track will be a little bit cold then, so you can’t take every lesson and apply it directly. The key tomorrow will be to just get some clean starts, get far enough ahead of people so there is no damage and then adapt to the changing track. The track is clean and beautiful at the start of every Heat, but then you have drivers cutting corners and then you have to cut the corners too. ”

Speed took the points lead on Saturday with a runner-up finish to Foust, and after recovering from an incident with Bryan Herta Rallysport driver Patrik Sandell. The podium finish was his sixth in 2015.

“Fortunately we were able to get back to the line after that incident with (Patrik) Sandell. I think we now realize that our cars are durable and we’re having no mechanical or liability problems and that’s key in Global Rallycross,” Speed said. “It’s definitely a contact sport; everyone at Volkswagen Andretti has done an amazing job at developing these cars and making them as strong as possible.”

Sunday was a different day, but again featured the same result – Foust first with Speed second – to provide the VARX team the title as these are the only two drivers now eligible in Las Vegas.

“What an amazing weekend. We didn’t start out as the quickest car either day, but the Volkswagen Andretti team worked incredibly hard to improve the cars, and it paid off with this awesome pair of wins!” Foust exclaimed.

“I never would have believed it if you’d told me going into LA that we’d have a legitimate shot at the championship heading into the final round, but here we are thanks to some great teamwork and perseverance. I’m so incredibly proud of Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, this was a dream weekend for all of us.”

Defending series champion Joni Wiman (Saturday) and Nelson Piquet Jr. (Sunday) scored the other two podiums of the weekend.

Meanwhile Ken Block followed up his roll last year at Barbados with another one, which wasn’t in the game plan. It occurred during the LCQ.

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Wow. I did NOT expect a repeat of my roll last year here in Barbados!! One second I was leading the LCQ – and the next second I’m on my roof! I drove over a dirt mound right before the jump (which wasn’t a very well designed part of the track – and was removed immediately after this incident), and unfortunately I hit it in just the wrong way to put me on two wheels, then on my roof, then over the jump – rolling – and back onto my roof. Even though myself and everyone else had been driving/jumping over the same mound all day. Definitely caught me off guard… very lame!!! Thankfully the guys on my @HooniganRacing tech crew are absolutely incredible at what they do – they’re going to have the car fixed and ready to race tomorrow. Amazing. So, I lost my lead of the championship today, but I will be back tomorrow in the hunt to get it back! #mycrazyracecarlife #thatsracing #racingcanbecruel #Barbadosrolls

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


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.