LOS ANGELES, California (October 10, 2017) – Fresh from a pair of wins in Seattle, Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust is hoping to keep up the momentum as the 2017 Global Rallycross Championship returns this weekend to Los Angeles for its exciting finale.
“Rallycross is so unpredictable that you can’t know what’s going to happen until it does. I was leading this championship heading into this race last year and I couldn’t make it stick,” said Foust. “You can bet I’m looking for redemption this weekend.”
Foust has the title in reach with just one race remaining this season. His record of four wins and three second-place podiums in 11 races puts him second in the points — just 30 points behind teammate Scott Speed. There are 81 points on offer this weekend.
Foust and Speed each have two series titles to their names and they are tied in the record books for all-time wins since the current series owner took over in 2013. Both drivers can be expected to fight hard this weekend.
“We’re respectful of each other on the course but we’re both going for that top step of the podium,” said Foust. “There’s only room for one and if it has to be Scott or me, I choose to be the one standing there.”
Volkswagen has already mathematically secured the Manufacturer’s Championship title this season. In addition to Foust and Speed, driver Steve Arpin has an outside chance at the driver’s title.
Foust has recently returned from filming a television show in China and is scheduled to compete in a Polaris RZR Pro/Am competition on the world famous Crandon International Off-Road Raceway this week before he returns home to Southern California for the season ending Global Rallycross Championship race. He is also expected to make an appearance Thursday night on Motorclub as the wildly popular series returns to NBC Sports for its second season at 9 p.m. ET.
Full coverage of all 12 rounds of the 2017 Global Rallycross Championship airs this season on NBC. Saturday’s season finale starts at 4:30 p.m. ET.
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.
Tanner Foust to fight for 2017 Global Rallycross Title as finale hits Los Angeles this weekend. (PHOTO: VARX)
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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