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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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.