Tanner Foust Returns to Short-Course Racing

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (October 27, 2014) – Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust returned to short-course truck racing this weekend for a second run on the Pro 2 category of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. “I have so much respect for the drivers who do this every weekend,” said Foust. “It’s unbelievably difficult to learn to drive fast and make the truck fly correctly in the air — all with the chaos of other trucks throwing mud in your face.”  The Lake Elsinore event was a successful learning experience for the multi-time rallycross and drift champion, who made a steady progression through the pack to earn a solid mid-pack finish Saturday in a competitive Pro 2 field. “This has got to be the most extreme motorsport there is. You’re jumping over 100 feet three times every lap, the trucks are dropping over 30 feet out of the air to the ground multiple times per lap,” said Foust. “It seems the closer you come to rolling the truck over, the faster you’re going.” Foust competed in the Rockstar Energy Drink Pro 2 truck formerly driven by veteran off-roader Rob MacCachren, whose team handled the preparation. He made his Pro 2 debut at the April event in Lake Elsinore but a rollover and a blown engine ended his charge early.  Foust said it was exciting to join forces with another driver this season to experience a new motorsport discipline.  “One of the great things about being part of the Rockstar Energy Drink team of athletes is that we have amazing opportunities to work together like this,” said Foust. “To  be able to jump into a Pro 2 truck and compete at the highest levels of the sport with Rob (MacCachren) was incredible. I’ve got the bug now and I’d jump at the chance to race short course trucks again.”  Next week, Foust will return to the Global Rallycross Championship behind the wheel of his Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle. The season ending race takes place at the LINQ Hotel and Casino November 4-5. The two-time series champion will also appear at the SEMA show, taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center November 4-7. 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 also 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 also 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 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. A year after making his overseas debut in the European Rallycross Championship in 2010 with a select campaign, Foust became the first American driver to win a round of that championship and finished both 2011 and 2012 ranked in the top three; he won two of the three rounds he entered last year. At home, Foust has been a dominant driver in rallycross since it was first introduced to the United States in 2010. When he isn’t racing, the professional driver also performs in films and on television. He is an on-air host for the U.S. version of the seminal BBC auto show Top Gear, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and airing on the HISTORY channel. Episodes of his online documentary series, Life in the Foust Lane, are available on the Rockstar Energy Drink YouTube channel. Foust also handles stunt driving in numerous popular films, TV shows and commercials. He is featured as a stunt driver in the Need 4 Speed film, 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 movies. ABOUT ROCKSTAR Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. For more information visit:   ABOUT THE LUCAS OIL OFF ROAD RACING SERIES The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is the evolution of the long-standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products. Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off-road racing infused with a West Coast influence, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing brings intense four wheel door-to-door action to challenging, fan-friendly tracks.
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