LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (May 18, 2017)
Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust heads to Louisville, Kentucky, this weekend for Round 2 of the 2017 Global Rallycross championship. He will push for a return to the podium after opening the season with a second-place result in
Tennessee last month.
The two-time series champion says a format changed
introduced this season means more excitement for fans and drivers alike.
“From the first practice all the way through to the
main event, teams have to push as hard as possible to keep up the
pace,” said Foust. “For us on the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
team, that means we need to be focused on finding speed and maximizing
performance all weekend long. The stakes are high at every stage.”
The new competition structure introduces more rounds of racing
and groups the competition to encourage more battles between close rivals.
This weekend’s event takes place Saturday and Sunday on a
purpose-built track on the grounds of the Kentucky Exposition Center. The
course measures nearly seven-tenths of a mile and features the series’
typical mix of pavement and dirt, as well as the spectacular 70-foot dirt
Foust this year returns to the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team as a favorite for the title. In 2016, he finished runner-up in the championship after scoring podium results in seven of 12 rounds, including four outright wins. He scored a second-place result last month in Memphis, finishing narrowly behind teammate Scott Speed.
The Global Rallycross series promises 12 races on the
calendar in 2017, with stops in five exciting new cities as well as a
return to familiar fan favorites. NBC has full coverage of every stop; this
weekend’s race airs Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
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 numerous 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
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