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Don’t Miss Out: Appearances for RBGRC: Seattle

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

9.24.14 – Come out to the Red Bull Global Rallycross: Seattle event at DirtFish Rally School this weekend! Below you can find information on when and where you can meet Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 25

Scott Speed & Tanner Foust
Autograph Session
Chaplins Volkswagen
15000 SE Eastgate Way
Bellevue, WA 98007
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. PT

 

Friday, Sept. 26

Scott Speed & Tanner Foust
Autograph Session
Red Bul Global Rallycross LA: DirtFish Rally School
7001 396th Dr. SE
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. PT

 

Scott Speed scores third win of 2014 in Los Angeles Race 1

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

9.21.14 (via NBC Sports) - A victory for Scott Speed, another podium for Ken Block, and a major setback for Nelson Piquet Jr.has tightened up the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship after the first of two races this weekend at the Port of Los Angeles.

Speed grabbed the holeshot in today’s final and went on to lead Joni Wiman and Block across the stripe, earning his third win of the season and his first since the X Games in Austin.

But Piquet did not make the final after being knocked out of his semifinal heat early with wall contact and then failing to make it out of the Last Chance Qualifier.

As a result, Block has pulled into a tie with Piquet for the championship lead at 248 points and Speed is just two points behind them. Wiman is also in the hunt at just 10 points back.

Put it all together, and tomorrow’s event in L.A. – which you can watch at 5 p.m. ET on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra – is shaping up to be the most dramatic of the 2014 GRC season so far.

“We’re back to our ways,” Speed told NBCSN after his win. “We’ve had a great weekend with no problems so far, and that’s the result. We’ve still got the speed. These guys are getting closer though, it wasn’t easy. But I couldn’t be happier with our team.”

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Volkswagen Beetle to make debut at Los Angeles rounds of Global Rallycross series

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

9.18.14 – Herndon, VA — The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team will be racing at the Port of Los Angeles this weekend in an action-packed double header—and will debut the exciting Global Rallycross Beetle that will spearhead the team’s efforts in their 2015 Championship chase. The two-race event will be a new challenge for the team, the only double header weekend in the 2014 season.

 
Scott Speed, driver of the No. 77 7UP Volkswagen, is looking to take advantage of twice the number of championship points being on offer. After six rounds, he is third in points behind Nelson Piquet Jr. and Ken Block.
 
"The No. 77 7UP Volkswagen has had a lot of bad luck lately and we are due some good fortune—hopefully it turns up this weekend on the West Coast,” said Speed. “We will have to work extremely hard in L.A. and make sure we get off on the right foot on Friday”
 
Tanner Foust is in a close battle with Sverre Isachsen and Bucky Lasek for seventh position in the driver championship. The driver of the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen is pushing for podium finishes in the last four races of the season and is delighted to be given responsibility for debuting the team’s new car.
 
"It's been a roller coaster season so far, but I am still very happy with the results, especially the win in New York, considering this is a new team and a new car,” said Foust. “Continuing the learning process, I will be piloting an even newer car with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross in Los Angeles. I am very excited to compete with the new Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle at the Port of LA.”
Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles will take place at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, CA, from September 19-21. NBC will air both races live on Saturday, September 20, and Sunday, September 21, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Follow @VW and @FollowAndretti on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.
 
For tickets and further event information, visit: http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/
 
 
 

Don’t Miss Out: Appearances for RBGRC: Port of LA

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

9.17.14 – Come out to the Red Bull Global Rallycross: Port of LA event in Los Angeles this weekend! Below you can find information on where and when you can meet Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed during their stay in SoCal.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday, September 18
 

Scott Speed & Tanner Foust
Autograph Session
Pacific Volkswagen – 14900 Hindry Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
 
Saturday, September 20
 
Scott Speed & Tanner Foust
Autograph Session
RBGRC: Port of LA – 425 S. Palos Verdes St, San Pedro, CA 90731
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
 

 

Tanner Foust wins New York Rallycross

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

7.24.14 (via Motorsport.com) – Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust scored his first Global Rallycross win of the season on Sunday at Volkswagen Rallycross New York.
 
It was all about the starts for the two-time champion, who blazed off the line to use the sub- two-second 0-60 launches of the Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Polo to maximum effect.
 
"The starts were the critical factor for me here," said Foust. "It can be very difficult to make a pass on a tight rallycross course and getting out front early and staying out of trouble is key to winning."
 
Foust also credits the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team with nailing the car set-up to handle the New York course. The six-turn, half-mile track layout featured five right-handers and only one left. Foust and Volkswagen teammate Scott Speed were fast and confident while many other drivers struggled to get the most out of their competition cars as uneven tire wear became a factor.
 
"We were fastest in opening practices and stayed up front all weekend long," said Foust. "Having a car that was ready to win from the moment we hit the ground here in New York shows the advantage of working with a team like Andretti."
 
Foust opened the weekend as one of only four drivers to break through the 30-second mark in qualifying and achieve a lap time in the 20s. In heat racing, he found his stride in the second round, blazing off the line to lead wire-to-wire in his Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Polo. He took another lights-to-flag victory in the Semifinal round to earn a front-row starting position in the 10-car Final. 
 
Starting from the middle of the front row, Foust kept his cool through two red-flag restarts as other drivers tangled on the course. When the abbreviated six-lap Final got underway, he was off the line first and never looked back as drivers jostled for position behind him. Although teammate Speed passed nearly half the field on the way to a second-place finish, he was demoted to ninth on a penalty assessed during the first red-flagged race. Nelson Piquet Jr. and Ken Block claimed second and third.
 
A regular top finisher, Foust has earned a podium in more than half of his Global Rallycross Championship starts since the series began in 2011. 
 
"This year, the speed has been there but the results haven't," said Foust. "It's nice to get this monkey off my back this season and earn a win in GRC. It feels like I'm headed in the right direction now."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Speed looking for success at the Dirt Track at Charlotte when Global Rallycross returns

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

7.19.14 (via Motorsport.com) - In just one short week, Red Bull Global Rallycross returns to The Dirt Track at Charlotte, July 25-26, and Scott Speed, the defending champion of the event, is looking to pick up where he left off, with another victory.

The Mt. Holly, N.C., resident captured the win last year in front of a hometown crowd after tackling what was considered one of the toughest courses on the circuit.

“It’s a great course because you get to go out of the race track and back into the track again, so it’s quite fun to drive,” said Speed. “Overall it was one of the best events we had last year so definitely looking forward to coming back. Obviously the track is something that worked out well for us and we expect to still be able to be fast again this year.”

While Speed seems like a seasoned rallycross pro, he is still somewhat new to the fast-growing sport. Coming from a diverse racing background, including Formula 1 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Speed was looking to master a new style in 2013 and set his sights on rallycross. His career jumpstarted after he took home a gold medal at the X Games in Brazil during his very first race.

“It all started with an invite to the X Games in Brazil as sort of like a star car. It was supposed to be switched between a lot of different guys throughout the year,” said Speed. “That was my first race in rallycross. When we ended up winning the X Games we were able to put together a program throughout the whole year.”

Speed ran the entire Global Rallycross season, racking up two wins in nine starts, including his victory at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The successful season landed him a 2014 ride with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, a prestigious team that also fields a car for Tanner Foust.

 

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Don’t Miss Out: Driver Appearances for Volkswagen Rallycross NY

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

7.16.14Don't miss out on your opportunity to visit with our drivers from the Global Rallycross Series! Check out the list of appearances for our weekend at the Volkswagen Rallycross NY event! 

 

 

Thursday,  July 17

Scott Speed & Tanner Foust

Global Rallycross Filming – Columbus Circle

1849 Broadway

New York, NY 10023 

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET

 

Scott Speed & Tanner Foust

Jalopnik Twitter Chat

Make sure to send your questions to @ScottSpeed & @TannerFoust!

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET

 

Friday,  July 18

Scott Speed & Tanner Foust

Volkswagen Dealership Appearance – Platinum Volkswagen

340 W. Old Country Rd.

Hicksville, NY 11801

3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET

 

Saturday,  July 19

Scott Speed & Tanner Foust

Global Rallycross Autograph Session

Starting Grid – Volkswagen Rallycross NY track

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET

 

VW unveils new Beetle that will compete in Global Rallycross

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

6.22.14 (via foxsports.com) – The Beetle has never been so super.
 
Volkswagen has unveiled the race car it will be fielding in the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) series later this year.
 
The all-wheel-drive bug is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out a massive 544 hp, making it 2.5 times as potent as the top street car.
 
With a racing weight of just 2668 pounds, the Beetle GRC can sprint to 60 mph in a scant 2.1 seconds on tarmac, while its huge wing keeps it stuck to the ground and a suspension designed to deliver 9.1 inches of wheel travel eats up the jumps and bumps of a rallycross course.
 
The car will be fielded by Andretti Autosport with Top Gear host Tanner Foust and current GRC points leader Scott Speed behind the wheel, but its debut race hasn’t been announced. A mockup of the car was first shown at the Chicago Auto Show in Feburary, but the pair has been competing in cars based on the European VW Polo subcompact, which is not sold in the U.S.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Scott Speed, Andretti Autosport are golden at X Games Austin

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

6.7.14 (via MotorSportsTalk) – Scott Speed and Andretti Autosport are now 2-for-2 in Red Bull Global Rallycross this season after the ex-Formula One and NASCAR driver captured the X Games gold medal at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
 
Speed, driving the No. 77 7Up Volkswagen Polo, ran the table in today’s elimination rounds, winning his quarterfinal and semifinal heats before beating skateboarding icon Bucky Lasek and another F1/NASCAR veteran, Nelson Piquet Jr., in the final.
 
“This thing is so fast – it’s always so fast,” Speed told ESPN. “It’s just a matter for us to stay clean and if we can get out in front, they can’t catch us…Our car is so good, it makes my job easy.”
 
Speed opened the season with a win on NBC last month at Top Gear Festival Barbados.
 
In today’s final, Speed won the holeshot heading into the first turn with Liam Doran and Piquet following in second and third. Those front three plus Austin Dyne took the joker on the opening lap of the 10-lap final, but on Lap 3, Dyne sustained contact with Patrik Sandell in the hairpin when the latter tried to pass him on the inside.
 
Dyne was left with a broken suspension and could not continue. That brought out a Red Flag and also led to Race Control barring Sandell from the remainder of the final.
 
Speed, Doran, Piquet and Lasek lined up again for the restart with eight laps left, but Doran ran his Citroen wide in the rush to Turn 1 and fell all the way to last.
 
Meanwhile, Speed earned the holeshot again and went on a relatively easy cruise to the win, while Lasek picked up the silver medal in his Subaru after Piquet earned a black flag for running the joker twice (a no-no in GRC racing).
 
 
 
 
 
 

VW’s Rule The Roost In First X Games Heats

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

6.7.2014 (via thecheckeredflag.co.uk) - VW lead the way on the opening day of the Red Bull Global Rallycross at X Games Austin as Scott Speed, Anton Marklund and Tanner Foust all took victories in their first heats; Travis Pastrana was the only non-VW win as he piloted his Subaru to a win in his heat.

Joni Wiman set the pace early on in the day as he gained the top seeding after qualifying but an accident in his heat sent him head-on into the hairpin wall. While Wiman was not injured, his car was wrecked and had to sit on the sidelines for the rest of the race.

“We’ve had a lot of pace here,” said Scott Speed to GlobalRallyCross.com, “We’re trying not to do anything stupid. I took a very conservative start, and Isachsen was super aggressive, so I let him have the spot. Then I ran around until I got close enough to pass him on the joker without any incident, and just tried to go as easy on the car as possible.”

Speed took victory in his heat as he finished almost a second faster than the two Subaru’s of Sverre Isachsen and Bucky Lasek. Lasek will be doing everything he can to win tomorrow after missing out on a medal in the Skateboarding Vert final. Brian Deegan finished in fourth place while Pat Moro registered a DNF.

“I was on the outside, which I think isn’t seen as the favorable spot,” said Foust. “I got by (Patrik) Sandell and was in the lead, but then there was a red flag because (Steve) Arpin stalled it in the hairpin. So we did it again, and lightning struck twice there—I got by Sandell on the outside that time.”

Foust would finish the race 1.5 seconds ahead of the Olsbergs MSE Ford of Sandell, with Rhys Millen finishing in third place ahead of Liam Doran in his Citroen DS3. Steve Arpin rounded out the 5-car field in last place, 6.2 seconds down.

Anton Marklund took a win in his round ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr, who is also taking part in the GRC Lites races this weekend. Austin Cindric would finish third while Wiman failed to finish after colliding with the wall.

X Games legend Travis Pastrana took the win in his heat to break the VW clean-sweep, ahead of a hard fought battle between reigning GRC champion Toomas Heikkinen and Ken Block. While the Gymkhana icon took the second place, Heikkinen will be looking to make up for lost time tomorrow. Ricky Johnson and Emma Gilmour rounded out the field.

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