As with Saturday, the Beetles were dominant in the preliminary rounds, with both Foust and Speed sweeping their respective heats and semifinals. The victories add to Volkswagen’s Global Rallycross tally, bringing the manufacturer’s total race triumphs to 11 of 24 events entered and the Beetle GRC’s seventh overall victory in only its second full season of service, making the car one of the quickest and most reliable in series history.
NO. 41 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE GRC
– Speed battled issues during the doubleheader, but managed to make the most of his opportunities, hanging on for a fifth place finish in Saturday’s final, and making it to the second step of the podium on Sunday.
– Winning all his heat races, semifinals, and claiming a second-place finish on Sunday, the California-native earned enough points to take second place in the provisional points standings behind Foust.
“It’s been great, we just had lots of gremlins in our car this whole weekend actually. We missed qualifying and broke in the first main event, but to come out of here with a fifth and second place finishes with all the little, small issues we’ve had is actually really good—I’m really excited. Tanner, having a relatively clean weekend and he showed the field what we had. I think as the season goes on, you’re looking at the guys who are going to be up on the podium a lot hopefully, and I’m so proud of our team. They’ve worked extra hard today, that’s for sure. We’re looking forward to coming back and doing even better.”
NO. 34 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK BEETLE GRC
– The versatile driver completed a perfect weekend, setting the quickest time in each qualifying session, winning each heat and semifinal and both main events in the season-opening doubleheader.
– Foust’s two wins make him the winningest driver in series history, breaking a tie he held with teammate Speed before this weekend.
“First of all, I want to thank all the fans who came out here to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on a hot Sunday. Thank you very much. Unbelievable to see everyone come out. It’s two pretty long days in these double headers and we saw a lot of repeat customers which is awesome. It’s great that our weekend looked pretty straightforward, from the outside, but behind the scenes, the team absolutely thrashed before the Semifinal. They did an hour and twenty minute job in under an hour, to change the transmission—literally used every single minute that we had, drove right out and took the semifinal. That was all Volkswagen Andretti right there, so thank you guys very much—that was an epic thrash. Hopefully we come back to this track, I mean I like it! It’s going to be a great season—obviously this is a great way to start the season for both Scott and I, but different cars have different skills on different tracks so it’s going to be a mix up. A lot of the new cars out there are extremely fast, and it’s going to be a great season of GRC.”