Scott Speed will join Subaru Rally Team USA for the 2019 Americas Rallycross season, the Japanese manufacturer announced today.
The shock move means that the American will leave the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team that he has raced for in all but one season of his rallycross career.
The ex-Formula 1 driver will partner former World Rally stars Chris Atkinson and Patrik Sandell, who have been full-time drivers for the Vermont Sports Car-run team since 2017.
“I’m excited to officially announce my racing plans for the 2019 season. I’ve raced all over the world – Formula 1, NASCAR, Formula E, and a four-year rallycross championship run, including the inaugural ARX title this year – and I’m thrilled that the next chapter for me will be here in the US with the Subaru team in the Americas Rallycross series,” said Speed. “Subaru is a team on the rise in ARX, having been part of rallycross in the U.S. since the beginning.”
“At every race I’m amazed at the crowds of fans that show up to support the team,” said Speed. “I’m also excited to join Patrik Sandell and Chris Atkinson – two of the top drivers in the sport, who showed serious pace in the WRX STI this season. With the development they’ve put in I know this team can win, and I’m looking forward to bringing home another championship.”
Speed will swap Volkswagen for Subaru next year – Credit: Subaru Rally Team USA
Speed has won the last four US rallycross championships, taking three-straight Global Rallycross titles between 2015-2017, and the first season of the succeeding Americas Rallycross championship this year.
Across his six-year rallycross career to-date, the former-NASCAR campaigner has won 18-times – 16 times in GRC, including the non-championship X Games round in 2015, and twice in ARX.
Speed’s first victory came on his debut in Foz do Iguaçu, driving GRC’s Olsbergs MSE-run ‘Star Car’ for guest drivers in 2013. The success of that one-off appearance led to Speed switching to the discipline full-time.
He moved to Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross ahead of the 2014 season to partner Tanner Foust and had been there ever since.
The future of Volkswagen’s US programme meanwhile is currently uncertain. Speculation suggests that the German manufacturer will pull its support for the team in 2019, although IndyCar outfit Andretti Autosport could continue to run the team privately.
Scott Speed is a name known around the world for podium-topping achievements in car racing — from F1 and Formula E to NASCAR and rallycross on the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team. Turns out, however, that Speed has another passion that influences his time on and off the race track: bicycles.
The East Coast, from the Seat of a Bike
This summer, Speed and a few friends loaded their road bikes onto Speed’s kitted-out Volkswagen Atlas, complete with a VW Accessories bike rack, and plotted out a different kind of a race: 7 days, almost 200 scenic biking miles on the East Coast (including 70 on the Wachusett Fondo), and then 900 miles of driving for Speed to return home. It was a beautiful setting and the perfect vehicle for the journey.
The trip centered around the Fondo event, created by cyclocross champion and Speed’s friend and cycling mentor, Tim Johnson, for the benefit of a variety of non-profit charities. On that part of the ride, bicyclists tackled nearly 5,000 feet of climbing, including five sections of gravel, as they traversed the less-traveled North Road up Wachusett Mountain.
Other bicycling miles took Speed and friends to scenic points from Virginia to Maine, from stadiums to secluded wilderness areas. The unpredictable weather ended up as the deciding factor as to where the group traveled and added to the adventure.
Scott Speed’s East Coast Biking Journal
DAY 1: FORT LEWIS MOUNTAIN — OUTSIDE ROANOKE, VA
28.94 BIKED MILES
When driving from Charlotte, North Carolina to Washington, D.C., you’re going to hit traffic. Why not ride while it dies down? Pulled off the freeway and there was a bike shop that we were able to park at. Ended up in a valley with a great road, not a lot of traffic, and beautiful scenery. Stopped on a whim, and it ended up being a great ride to kick off the journey.
Fun Fact: Part of the Appalachians, Fort Lewis Mountain was named after a 19th-century fort and rises to a peak of 3,260 feet. Speed climbed more than 1,500 feet on this nearly 30-mile segment.
DAY 2: LADY BIRD PARK TO RFK STADIUM — WASHINGTON, D.C.
21.2 BIKED MILES
Met up with Jon Rourke at a local coffee shop in Arlington, Virginia; he is the team manager for the Trek Factory Race Program. (“I like biking, he likes rallycross.”) He showed us around D.C., I got to do my first urban cycling [riding on D.C. streets], and then we stopped at Summit Point Karting at RFK stadium for a little on-track competition. I beat everyone.
Fun Fact: The ride around Boothbay taxed the bicyclists’ legs, with lots of ups and downs on a route that hugged the area’s waterfront. A break was much needed and the guys traded in two wheels for four.
DAY 3: HEATH, MA WITH TROY FENDERSON
17.22 BIKED MILES
Had to avoid a massive weather system, so we headed east to Heath, Massachusetts, a mecca for riding hills. The cycling was terrific — one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Slept in a hand-built cabin with no electricity and no water. Slept there in a sleeping bag on a small foam mattress. Was almost meditative; had a profound impact on me.
DAY 4: PORTSMOUTH, NH
24.35 BIKED MILES
We drove to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and rode around there; an epic ride. A place on the coast where both my traveling buddies had lived within a mile of each other, but never knew each other. In the past, both have wanted me to check out the area and how great it is in New Hampshire; we finally had the chance to check it out. An epic ride along the coastline that was not to be missed.
DAY 5: BOOTHBAY, ME
19.64 BIKED MILES
Rode in Boothbay, Maine with Ted King, who raced in the Tour de France. He now has a podcast, which he had me on. My first podcast ever. To be able to ride with a cyclist at the top of his game is truly inspiring and gave me the motivation to hone my own skill as a cyclist. I do not know if I will ever get to his level, but it’s incredible to see what can be achieved at the top of the sport.
DAY 6: ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
27.72 BIKED MILES
Acadia National Park in Maine is the most beautiful place in the world. The most beautiful bike ride I’ve ever done in my life. It had everything: 5 miles of dual-lane carriageway, a whole lane to yourself as a bike rider, unbelievably pristine coast. Big rocks and cliffs. We lucked out with the weather, blue skies and gorgeous. Rode there for the day.
Fun Fact: While on the Acadia National Park segment of his ride, Speed likely saw the peak of Cadillac Mountain; it’s the highest point on the East Coast.
DAY 7: GRAN FONDO IN FITCHBURG, MA
70 BIKED MILES
Rode and afterward drove home to Mooresville, North Carolina, the longest stretch of the trip. Overall it was great — rode with some fantastic cyclists; great VW for the journey. The Atlas was perfect, and after I rode Sunday, it was a great way to spend the next 900 miles going home from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, to North Carolina.
Fun Fact: Speed nearly tripled the original distance — the 70 miles of the Wachusett Fondo — logging about 200 miles on his bike with a changing group of friends and cyclists.∟
The Car-Bike Continuum
There’s a natural connection, of course, between race cars and bikes — the pursuit of speed and endurance is part of the lure for a professional driver such as Speed and for any dedicated bicyclist. Speed started to develop a two-wheeled passion when he was living in Italy, racing F1, because everyone else around him was doing it. The cycling culture in Europe is akin to that of baseball or football in the U.S. It’s a recognized sport with massive participation, both on amateur and professional platforms.
Challenges On and Off the Track
During his summer East Coast adventure, Speed had time to reflect on his racing journey and his time on a bicycle. Through the years, he has learned that managing a personal physical challenge — he has ulcerative colitis, a chronic bowel disease — means he must stay in tune with how he feels, what he eats, and his daily physical demands. Speed’s pursuit of health and his pursuit of speed go hand in hand. “I don’t see my body that much differently than a race car,” he says. “The inputs are just different. My food is my fuel, and learning about how to perform well physically is a lot of fun.”
Speed attacks everything he does with 100 percent effort but has to be careful about any stress his body may take during training. He’s continued to adjust his routine to maintain his health, seeking the advice of friends and experts to tweak his diet. For example, Johnson suggested he add simpler foods — oatmeal, rice, potatoes — and it’s a change that seems to work for him.
His physical condition hasn’t stopped him from staying on top in the racing world. Speed racked up national attention as a five-time karting champion while in his teens. He is currently the points leader in the American Rallycross championship, earning his most recent win in an Oberto Circle K Beetle Rallycross.
Always Ready to Ride
Speed’s confidence and experience racing cars at speeds upward of 200 mph still doesn’t adequately prepare him for the trials he finds while straddling 15 pounds of carbon fiber on a bike, shredding roads on two wheels pumped up to 100 psi. But he loves a challenge, including managing micro inputs (tiny adjustments in bike weight, for example) — very much on the mind of any serious cyclist.
While Speed isn’t ready to turn in his racing suit for a cycling kit full time, he still logs an average of 250 bicycle miles a week, and his bike has become something more than a mode of transportation. “My passion for cycling comes from physically being able to do it,” Speed says of the activity that helps him stay fit, enjoy the outdoors, and cultivate lasting relationships with fellow cyclists. “It’s a great community . . . full of great people to be around.”
Andretti Autosport team dominated now-defunct Red Bull Global Rallycross
Last year’s Red Bull Global Rallycross champion Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team with its Beetle Supecars and drivers Scott Speed and Tanner Foust are moving to Americas Rallycross.
The season begins May 25-27 in Silverstone, England, at the new Silverstone Rallycross circuit during the Speedmachine Festival. The Americas Rallycross opener will be held in conjunction with the British round of the 2018 World Rallycross Championship (WRX).
Red Bull Global Rallycross ceased operations in April.
“I’m excited to compete with ARX,” said Scott Speed, driver of the No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle. “The competition is going to be tough, but our Beetles are ready. I think this new series will be a great place to push our team and the cars in 2018.”
Tanner Foust is ready to return to the world stage at Silverstone, having won races in the 2011 and 2012 European Rallycross Championship, the first American to do so. “Having World Rallycross expand its reach to the U.S. is going to make the competition so much more accessible for fans to better understand the sport,” said the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle driver. “ARX will be a great platform to find new fans and spread the word about rallycross.”R
The pair will continue to race in the Beetle Rallycross vehicles, which are built by Volkswagen Motorsport in Europe. The cars have been updated to improve their handling characteristics, but will race with the same 2.0-liter 560-horsepower turbocharged engines that propelled the team to success in 2017.
“Our team has been able to achieve great success in rallycross and we look forward to continuing that legacy with the new ARX competition,” said Michael Andretti, CEO Andretti Autosport. “Scott and Tanner are some of the finest drivers on the planet in this motorsport discipline, and our cars are ready and better than ever.”
For information on the livestream of the first round of the 2018 Americas Rallycross on CBSsports.com on May 25, visit www.arxrallycross.com.
After Silverstone, the series will continue with three events:
July TBD, Austin, Texas — Circuit of the Americas
August 4-5, Trois Rivieres — Canada
September 29, Austin, Texas -– Circuit of the Americas
Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust opened the 2017 Global Rallycross season with a podium result in Memphis, Tennessee. The two-time series champion earned second place in the all-new Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle. What a great way to start the season,” said Foust. “When you’re racing, you’re either developing your car and pushing forward, or you’re losing. The hard work in the off-season has definitely paid off for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team.”
It was clear from the opening laps this weekend that the Volkswagens were the cars to beat. Foust qualified his 600 horsepower rallycross machine in second, narrowly behind teammate Scott Speed.
Under a new series format that added more races and grouped the competition to encourage closer battles, Foust was a consistent top performer. He won a heat race and took a spectacular start in the semifinal to lead wire to wire and earn a spot on the front row for the main event. In the final, Foust shot off the start and rode the track’s 11-degree bank to the limit before tucking into second place where he prepared to reel in the leader. But when a minor crash behind him left a wrecked car in the racing line, officials flagged the race called the cars back to the grid to start over.
On the restart, the Rockstar Energy Drink driver again worked his way into second place. He kept the pressure on through all 10 laps and crossed the line where he started. “This was a very fast track and it was tricky to set up a pass without taking huge risks,” said Foust. “Kudos to Scott on a great drive and it’s a fantastic day for Volkswagen to earn a one-two finish.” The two-time Global Rallycross champion this year returns to the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team as a favorite for the title. In 2016, he finished second in the points with podium results in six of 12 rounds, including four outright wins.
The Global Rallycross Championship has 12 races on the calendar in 2017, with stops in five exciting new cities as well as a return to familiar fan favorites. Up next for the series is a new stop in Louisville, Kentucky, May 21. Full coverage of all 12 rounds of Global Rallycross competition is on NBC. The Memphis race airs Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m. ET.
2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi and reigning Global Rallycross Champion Scott Speed will compete at January’s Race Of Champions inside Miami’s Marlins Park
Rossi won this year’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie after a tactical masterclass from him and his Andretti-Herta Autosport team
Last month Speed retained the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship title that he first won in 2015, racing for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
Now they join a field for ROC Miami featuring four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel, fellow F1 great Felipe Massa, World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg and ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen
The line-up also includes NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, action sports star Travis Pastrana plus Rossi’s fellow Indianapolis 500 winners Tony Kanaan, Juan-Pablo Montoya and Ryan Hunter-Reay
Many more driving superstars will be announced in the run-up to ROC Miami on January 21-22, 2017, with tickets on sale at www.raceofchampions.com
This year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi and reigning Red Bull Global Rallycross Champion Scott Speed are the latest names to join the line-up who will compete at the first Race Of Champions on American soil – inside Marlins Park in Miami on January 21-22, 2017.
Rossi came to May’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie, but he went away with the bottle of milk after a stunning drive coupled with a brilliant fuel-saving strategy from his Andretti-Herta Autosport team. Near the end of the race the young American had to stay out for a total of 36 laps, yet he managed it (pictured below) to become the first American rookie to take home the Borg-Warner trophy since 1928.
Before that Rossi had spent most of his racing career in Europe – in series including Formula BMW, GP3, Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2. In 2012 he made his Formula 1 practice debut, becoming the first American F1 driver since, ironically, Scott Speed. He made his grand prix debut at the 2015 Singapore GP for Manor and contested a total of five races before this year’s triumphant switch to IndyCar. Now he will make his Race Of Champions debut in front of his home fans in Miami.
Rossi said: “I’m honoured to be invited to race in this year’s Race Of Champions. ROC is so well respected in motor sport, bringing together the best drivers from around the world and across every series. This international event is always ultra-competitive and I’m looking forward to the competition and the very first US race venue in Miami. It will also be great to race with my Andretti Autosport team-mate, Ryan Hunter-Reay. I can assure you, neither of us will be holding back.”
Speed not only has the fastest name in motor sport, he has also established himself as the man to beat in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship. He sealed his second successive title last month, overhauling rival Tanner Foust at the final round in Los Angeles for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross. But this is only the latest chapter in the American racer’s versatile racing career.
When Speed made his Formula 1 debut for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2006, he was the first American driver to race in a grand prix since Michael Andretti in 1993. He made 28 appearances before losing his seat to Sebastian Vettel, with whom he can resume his rivalry in January. Speed later spent several seasons in NASCAR before his GRC move. Added to appearances in series as diverse as A1GP, IndyCar and Formula E, such a wide mix of experience will doubtless come in very handy at ROC Miami.
Speed said: “I am beyond excited to join the Race Of Champions. Being selected to represent the USA on home soil is such an honour. I have always been a huge fan of this event: having so many greats of motor racing in one place is a very rare thing. I am sure that Miami will prove to be a fantastic host of such a prestigious event.”
Rossi and Speed join a star-studded ROC Miami field that features many of the greatest stars in world motor sport. Confirmed racers include four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, fellow F1 star Felipe Massa, ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen, Rossi’s fellow Indianapolis 500 winners Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan, action sports legend Travis Pastrana, NASCAR champion Kurt Busch and double FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg. Even more big names will be announced in the run-up to January’s event.
The Race Of Champions is an annual contest which has been held for over 25 years. It brings together some of the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines – including Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans, MotoGP, Touring Cars, World Rally and action sports – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery. All the racing takes place in a stunning range of superfast cars.
The ROC event is run over two days: first comes the Race Of Champions itself (on Saturday, January 21) featuring a flat-out battle for individual glory. Then on Sunday, January 22 comes the ROC Nations Cup when drivers pair up in teams based on nationality to bid for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Nation’. In 2017, this will see America take on the rest of the world in a special contest in celebration of the host venue.
In recent years, ROC has visited the Stade de France in Paris (2004-2006), London’s Wembley Stadium (2007-2008), the ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium in Beijing (2009), Düsseldorf’s Esprit Arena (2010-2011), the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok (2012), Bushy Park Barbados (2014) and London’s former Olympic Stadium (2015).
Now the event is heading to the United States for the first time to soak up the heat of Miami. Florida’s sports fans will have a chance to watch the speediest action Marlins Park has ever seen as many of the world’s greatest drivers push to the absolute limit on a specially-designed racing track winding its way around the infield and outfield.
But that’s not all. The Race Of Champions has non-stop action from start to finish – featuring stunt shows on four wheels and two wheels plus DJs, cheerleaders and plenty of other entertainment to keep race fans on the edge of their seats.
ROC president Fredrik Johnsson said: “We are thrilled to have Alexander and Scott in our field for the first ever Race Of Champions on American soil. Not only are they the only two US drivers to compete in Formula 1 in the last 20 years, they’ve both put in exceptional performances in 2016.
“Alexander’s rookie victory in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 was a stroke of genius from him and his team. Scott has also become an unstoppable force in the Global Rallycross Championship, winning two titles in a row. They are both exciting drivers to watch and now we hope to see plenty of fans inside Miami’s Marlins Park cheering them on to glory against some of the best in the world.”
Tickets for ROC Miami are now available via www.raceofchampions.com. For access to rights-free high-resolution imagery and to keep up with all the latest news ahead of this year’s event please visit www.raceofchampions.com, Race Of Champions on Facebook plus @raceofchampions and #ROCMiami on Twitter.
Drivers already confirmed for ROC Miami: Sebastian VETTEL, four-time Formula 1 world champion Tom KRISTENSEN, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Petter SOLBERG, double FIA World Rallycross Champion Juan-Pablo MONTOYA, 2015 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan HUNTER-REAY, 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony KANAAN, 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Felipe MASSA, 11-time Formula 1 grand prix winner Kurt BUSCH, 2004 NASCAR champion Travis PASTRANA, action sports legend Scott SPEED, double Global Rallycross Champion Alexander ROSSI, 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner
Defending Global Rallycross champion Scott Speed is joining the Rockstar Energy Drink family in 2016. The American driver will unveil his new Rockstar Energy Drink helmet at the rallycross season opener in May.
“I’m super excited to be working with Rockstar Energy Drink,” said Speed. “It’s great to partner with a company that is so committed to so many different forms of racing. I love what they’re doing right now with us in rallycross and with their efforts in supercross and off-road truck racing — and everywhere else. I’m happy to be part of the team.”
Under the new partnership, Speed will wear a Rockstar Energy Drink helmet in all motorsport competition. The driver, who has competed in the top ranks of professional racing around the world and won the 2015 Global Rallycross Championship title, will continue to focus on the rapidly growing action motorsport this season.
“Scott is an amazing driver who has been successful at a lot of different racing disciplines,” said Michael Kelso, marketing director at Rockstar Energy Drink. “He’s extremely talented and a great ambassador for our brand. We’re proud to add another champion to our roster this year.”
Speed returns this year for a third full season with the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team alongside teammate Tanner Foust. He said he is looking forward to seeing how the team’s Volkswagen Beetle GRC cars stack up against the competition after a strong off-season development campaign.
“Last year was the first full year with the new Beetle GRC and we put a lot of work into making the car reliable and strong,” said Speed. “Now we’re able to focus on making it faster and I’m excited to see how all our hard work is going to pay off. I think we’ll be on full attack from the first race.”
Speed joined Beyond Marketing Group’s specialist motorsport division as a client in 2013 shortly after he began competing in rallycross. In addition to racing, the company is focused on brand strategy, trend forecasting, social media, event production and media buying. Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust, is also a longtime client.
“We’re very happy that Scott chose to work with Beyond Marketing Group for his move into action motorsport and we’ve enjoyed working together with him to take his career to the next level,” said Fred Chang, vice president of marketing at Beyond Marketing Group. “I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
2016 GLOBAL RALLYCROSS SCHEDULE May 21 – Phoenix, AZ (I) May 22 – Phoenix, AZ (II) June 4 – Dallas, TX June 18 – Daytona Beach, FL (I) June 19 – Daytona Beach, FL (II) July 2 – The Base (I) July 3 – The Base (II) July 30 – Washington, DC August 28 – TBA September 17 – Seattle, WA October 8 – Los Angeles, CA (I) October 9 – Los Angeles, CA (II)
ABOUT SCOTT SPEED Defending Global Rallycross champion Scott Speed is a former Formula One driver who became the first American in Formula One since Michael Andretti when he joined Scuderia Toro Rosso for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He returned to the U.S. to race NASCAR and opened his rallycross career in 2013 with a win in his X Games Brazil debut.
He turned his attention to rallycross fulltime in 2014 when he was named to the factory Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Team. He saw strong results in his first full season and went on to win the 2015 title with a record of eight podiums in 12 rounds, including back-to-back wins at the Los Angeles doubleheader.
Speed began his career in karting, progressing to winning campaigns in Formula Russell, Barber Formula Dodge and the Star Mazda series. He won a driver search in 2002 that led him to compete in British Formula Three. He won the German Formula Renault and Eurocup championships and competed in GP2 before being selected for the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One squad.
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, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, 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 BEYOND MARKETING GROUP Beyond Marketing Group is a full-service marketing agency focused on connecting brands with consumer passions. Its staff of experienced industry insiders leverages a comprehensive understanding of the youth market to define and create next-generation campaigns. Since its inception in 2003, Beyond Marketing has produced hundreds of unique marketing initiatives integrating automotive, music, sport, and lifestyle elements for Fortune 500 clients including Toyota, Harley Davidson and Pepsi.
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 three times (2005, 2007, 2014). 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.
ABOUT ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles — from athletes to rockstars. Available in over 25 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in more than 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through action sports, motor sports, and live music. For more information visit www.rockstarenergy.com.
THREE-TIME X GAMES GOLD MEDALIST WILL CONTINUE TO DRIVE FOR VOLKSWAGEN ANDRETTI RALLYCROSS THROUGH THE 2017 SEASON
Herndon, VA (August 14th) — Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team principles and Scott Speed today announced an extension of the driver’s contract ahead of the seventh round of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship. The three-time X Games Gold Medalist and five-time GRC race winner will continue to pilot the No. 41 Volkswagen Beetle GRC throughout the next two seasons.
“I’m super excited to re-sign for another two years with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross,” said Speed. “I’ve been lucky enough to be able to surround myself with an awesome crew and support team; everyone here feels like family.”
“We’re very happy to be able to announce our continuing relationship with Scott here at our home race—Red Bull Global Rallycross DC presented by Volkswagen,” said Clark Campbell, General Manager, Volkswagen Experiential Marketing. “Scott and his entire family have been great advocates for the Volkswagen brand during the past two seasons and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him back to the team.”
After a third-place series championship finish in 2014, Speed lies fifth in the standings at the halfway point of 2015. His 2015 season has been highlighted by a pair of second-place finishes at the Detroit double-header, as well as a second-place finish at the season-opening round in Fort Lauderdale, and his third-consecutive X Games Gold Medal victory in the nonpoints-paying round at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The Volkswagen pilot lies only 80 points behind the championship leader and hopes to continue the good run of success that he began in the last race outing in Detroit.
“We’re extremely happy to bring Scott back to the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team for the next two seasons,” said Michael Andretti. “Scott fit right in with the Andretti organization and with his help we’ve quickly established ourselves in Red Bull Global Rallycross during our first two seasons in the series.”
“My experience with the team over the last two years has been an amazing journey,” added Speed. “We’ve continued to make strides in the development of our program and we’re ready to begin to assert ourselves as the dominant team in this sport.”
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Red Bull Global Rallycross DC presented by Volkswagen will take place at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Aug 14-15. NBC will air the race live on Saturday, Aug 15, at 3:00 p.m. ET.
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, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, 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, Indy Lights and the Pro Mazda Championship, 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 three times (2005, 2007, 2014). To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at AndrettiAutosport.com or AndrettiTV.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti.