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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.
Thursday, July 17
Scott Speed & Tanner Foust
Global Rallycross Filming – Columbus Circle
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
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.
INDIANAPOLIS (May 13, 2014) – United Fiber & Data (UFD) announced today that they have joined Andretti Autosport’s expanding sponsor portfolio in signing as an associate sponsor with the 7UP Volkswagen Polo driven by Scott Speed. The sponsorship unveils this weekend at the Top Gear Festival in Barbados, round one of the 2014 Global Rallycross season.
“United Fiber & Data is thrilled to announce our entry into Global Rallycross with our sponsorship of the No. 77 7UP Volkswagen,” said United Fiber & Data director and founder Bill Hynes. “We saw Global Rallycross as a natural fit for our company and our culture. It's a revolutionary racing platform where challenge, high performance, speed and talent converge to bring you something you haven't seen before.”
Founded by three members of the multi-platinum rock band LIVE and their Think Loud Development company, UFD offers a complete suite of all-fiber networking and broadband solutions. Based in York, Penn., UFD will feature a 400-mile fiber optic line running between New York and Virginia and will operate out of our different data centers across Pennsylvania (Allentown, Lancaster, Reading and York).
“This partnership further solidified UFD's presence in the motorsport community, and we are proud to expand our relationship with Andretti Autosport,” commented Hynes. “Our interaction with their team and hospitality program has been world-class. From our clients, to our employees, to our potential clients and guests – Michael Andretti and his team all lend to an experience that is unparalleled."
The 2014 Global Rallycross season kicks-off on the Caribbean island of Barbados at the newly renovated Bushy Park Circuit on May 17-18 at the Top Gear Festival. As a part of its Americas debut, the Top Gear Festival will feature an impressive line-up of cars and driving talent. NBC will air the season opener race on Saturday, May 24 at 1 p.m. EST.
Heading into my second GRC season has been completely different than my first year. For one, I have a race shop I can go to to see a car. So there’s been a lot of time spent back at Indy at the workshop, shaking down cars, working on cars. Obviously, it’s quite a new program for a lot of us here. 95% of us all come from a different background, so that’s been fun—getting to know these types of cars.
But mostly, the difference from last year is I’m able to work with a team. We actually have a proper team, and we can work on the cars and prepare them for the year. We’d love to have a few more months off, because it’s all pretty new to us, and we’ll be catching up for a while for sure. But it’s been cool to have the Andretti organization, having a proper race team, and being part of that.
A lot of these guys are IndyCar guys. The main rally guy we have is Graham Quinn, an Irish feller, who I get along really well with. It’s nice to have a European in the mix—having spent so much time over there, it’s nice to talk to someone about it. I didn’t come across a lot of Europeans in NASCAR! Our team is cool, we’ve got different pieces for sure, but a lot of our guys are IndyCar guys, who I would say are at a much higher level in general because it’s a much more technologically advanced and major motorsport. What we’re banking on is that Global Rallycross is going to become a major motorsport—we have all the people in place to do it, but the majority of us don’t have experience in it yet.
We’ve been all over the place making this thing happen. We’ve been to Chicago for the announcement; I went to the New York Auto Show as well for Volkswagen. We did some testing in Europe to help develop our Beetle, which is going to be amazing once we get it. We also did some tire testing for Yokohama, to decide what kind of tire compound we’re going to go with. It was cool to be a part of that program, and I think we have a really good tire for everyone this year. I’m excited to get on technology that’s not a few decades old, ha!