MONROE, Washington (September 10, 2017) – Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust took a pair of victories in this weekend’s Global Rallycross Championship doubleheader in the heart of the Pacific Northwest.
“I’m so happy right now,” said Foust on Sunday after chalking up his third and fourth wins of the season at Evergreen Speedway just outside Seattle. “After such a tough weekend last month in Atlantic City, it feels great to deliver victory to the team. They’ve put this car back together so many times and these wins feel like a reward to all of us for all that hard work.”
With strong heat and semifinal performances and a pair of race wins over three days of competition, the driver fought his Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle to second in the points, behind Volkswagen Andretti teammate Scott Speed. The championship title is within reach as the series heads into a hometown round in Los Angeles next month.
Although the points battle is between teammates, Foust said he and Speed won’t pull any punches when it comes to the final race of the year.
“At some point, it gets to the point when it can hurt both cars and ultimately we have learned it’s good for both of us if we don’t take each other out,” said Foust. “We’re still going to race each other hard and it just comes down to being a little bit heads up.”
The pair of victories this weekend add to his wins tally in this region. He won the rallycross round held at this track last season, and has also scored Formula Drift series victories at Evergreen Speedway. The oval track, located about a half-hour outside Seattle, is a popular venue for action motorsport and draws enthusiastic crowds.
Foust has landed on the podium in seven races so far this season. He is a two-time series champion and holds the record for most career podiums in Global Rallycross.
Full coverage of all 12 rounds of the 2017 Global Rallycross Championship airs on NBC. The Sunday race was pre-empted for breaking network news coverage and is set to air later this week.
In addition to the battle for the 2017 title, Foust is also facing another Global Rallycross Championship competition. Voting to determine the series’ Fan Favorite driver is now open. Fans can vote once per hour from now until the season finale for their favorite driver. Fans have awarded Foust the Fan Favorite honor each year since it was established in 2013.
Rallycross is an action-packed blend of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally. Drivers line up in heats of up to 10 cars for hard-hitting competition over a challenging short course featuring jumps, unbanked turns, hills and transitions between pavement and gravel.
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Double wins for Tanner Foust in Seattle. Championship battle concludes next month with the Los Angeles finale. (PHOTO: Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross)
ABOUT TANNER FOUST
Tanner Foust is a versatile and multi-talented driver known for his supreme car control and a proven track record of podium placements, national championships and world records. He is a three-time U.S. rallycross champion (2012, 2011, 2010) who has also won four X Games gold medals (2013, 2010, 2007), and two Formula Drift championships (2008, 2007).
He has held multiple world records including for the astonishing Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare, which saw Foust drive a car through a 66-foot loop-the-loop. He scored the indoor speed record for TV’s Top Gear USA, and set a distance jump record with Hot Wheels when he made a 332′ ramp-to-ramp leap in a truck at the Indy 500.
His varied race experience also includes multiple years of open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, rally racing, various types of sports car racing and the SCORE Baja. He has represented the USA in the annual Race of Champions three times, teaming with NASCAR star Carl Edwards in 2008, Travis Pastrana in 2009, and Mick Doohan in 2010.
When he isn’t racing, the professional driver also performs on television and handles stunt driving in popular films, TV shows and commercials. He is featured as a stunt driver in Need 4 Speed, as well as other major releases including the Bourne Legacy, Bourne Ultimatum, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Dukes of Hazzard, Red Dawn and Iron Man 2.
ABOUT VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.
ABOUT ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT
Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport boasts a wide racing portfolio rooted in tradition and designed for success. Together with Andretti Formula E and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IndyCar Series and Indy Lights, along with entries in the FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross. The company boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008, 2009), one Pro Mazda championship (2013) and one USF2000 championship (2010) and has captured victory at the famed Indianapolis 500 four times (2005, 2007, 2014, 2016). Additionally the team holds two X Games Gold Medals and one Global Rallycross championship (2015). To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at AndrettiAutosport.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti.
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