Special Operations Warrior Foundation graces Speed’s car this weekend

Photo: Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross

This weekend, the Red Bull Global Rallycross series goes to The Base at MCAS New River this weekend and it’ll have a heavy military vibe.

Scott Speed’s No. 41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle will have a special livery this weekend for that, with Special Operations Warrior Foundation gracing the car.

The team release is below:

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) is proud to announce its partnership with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a top-rated nonprofit organization that provides support and assistance to the families of fallen and wounded military special operations personnel.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), provides post-secondary scholarship grants, educational counseling and professional tutoring services to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations service members who lose their lives in the line of duty. The top-rated nonprofit organization will be featured on the No. 41 Volkswagen Beetle GRC driven by 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross series champion, Scott Speed, for two race weekends, The Base, July 2-3, and Washington, DC, on July 30.

“It’s truly an honor to welcome the Special Operations Warrior Foundation into our racing family this season,” said team owner Michael Andretti. “The Foundation provides so much to so many – we are incredibly grateful to have them as part of the program. We hope that this is a relationship that we can continue to build on and support.”

Since 1980, over 900 Special Operations service members have lost their lives in service to our country. SOWF is dedicated to providing scholarship grants, not loans, to over 1,100 children who have survived these heroes. Special Operations Warrior Foundation has 143 students enrolled in colleges and universities across the country. Last year, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation provided $7.8 million in scholarship grants, academic, financial aid and family support services to the families of fallen special operations service members.

“We are so thankful to the Andretti family and the Andretti Rallycross team for this heartwarming support to the surviving children and military families we serve,” said Steven McLeary, SOWF Executive Director. “It is our honor to partner with the Andretti team and we appreciate the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the families who have suffered a great loss.”

The VARX team kicked off their 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship season with a podium sweep during Rounds 1 and 2 in Phoenix, a third-place finish in Dallas during Round 3 of the championship and most recently, Tanner Foust and Scott Speed walked away with a 1-2 finish at Daytona International Speedway. Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will be back in action for another doubleheader weekend at MCAS New River on July 2 and 3. Each race will air LIVE on NBC—Saturday, July 2 at 5 p.m. (ET) for Round 6, and Sunday, July 3 at 5 p.m. (ET) for Round 7.

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
Extreme E

Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.