Scott Speed

Champion driver Scott Speed joins Rockstar Energy Drink for 2016

IRVINE, California

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.

Scott Speed Captures 2015 Red Bull GRC for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Team

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Speed earns his first GRC championship, with a third-place finish, and the inaugural crown for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross In the glow of the iconic Las Vegas strip, Scott speed and the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) celebrated the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) championship after a frenetic season finale that saw mother nature wreak havoc on the season-ending track. The third place finish for the driver of the no. 41 Orafol Volkswagen beetle GRC secured the championship win, earning the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team its first championship victory; in only its second season of competition. Tanner Foust earned a third place finish in the championship standings, adding to the incredible performance of the VARX team for the 2015 season.
 
i’m at a loss for words when it comes to describing how it feels to Win the championship this season,” said Speed, soon after crossing the finish line in Vegas. “the whole Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team has worked so hard for this result; I’m Incredibly proud of this team and am so happy to have been able to bring home the top spot for them.” Tanner Foust added to his extensive resume of global Rallycross Achievements by claiming third place in the 2015 championship standings, with a ninth-place finish in Las Vegas. After contact with the wall on lap one of the final, Foust managed to pilot his No. 34 Rockstar energy drink Volkswagen beetle to the checkered flag in ninth place, securing command of the 2015 championship podium. “it was a difficult event here in Las Vegas, but i’m so proud of the entire VARX team for the efforts they’ve put in this year. They’ve made our season so, extremely successful,” states Foust.“third in the championship obviously isn’t what we were hoping for, but I can’t wait to start next year, continuing the success we’ve found in 2015. Congratulations to Scott—i’m glad he could join the GRC champions club, but we’ll be gunning for him next year!” With five victories in the 2015 season, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross surpassed all other teams, in only its second year of competition. The first full year of running for the Volkswagen beetle GRC proved the platform’s competence, reliability, and Speed; earning the iconic model its place in the Global Rallycross record books.
 
“This was a challenging season, but a hard-earned one that the VARX team is extremely proud of,” said Clark Campbell, general manager experiential marketing Volkswagen of america, inc. “the Beetle GRC cars, with Scott and tanner behind their wheels, have proven themselves a champion, and a fan-favorite. I would also like to thank the organization behind the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship. It is not an easy task to stage these events, but the increased viewership and media attention demonstrate that GRC is a series to be taken seriously, and one we are proud to be a part of.”
 
Available now, the VARX Supercars app is free to download for IOS and android users, providing race fans with the perfect mobile companion to every race weekend. Users can stay up to date on schedules, session results, and live timing and scoring all in the palm of his or her hand. Search “VARX Supercars” in the app store or on google play to download.
 
About Orafol Americas inc.
Orafol Americas inc., a subsidiary of Orafol Europe GmbH, is a leading global manufacturer of premium vinyl graphic products, reflective solutions and adhesive tape systems used in the signage, graphics, industrial and traffic and safety applications. The company’s distribution network spans the united states, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. 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 and follow along on twitter via @followandretti.

Scott Speed Wraps Up Barbados Double Header As Championship Points Leader

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With the pair of 1-2 sweeps, both Speed and Foust put the competition out of championship reach, guaranteeing that a Volkswagen driver will win the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship.

The California native suffered a tire puncture in his first Heat that sent him to the back of the Semifinal field, but the No. 41 driver battled back to start the Final from third on the grid.

“I cannot thank the VARX crew enough for the hard work and long hours they put in to get this Beetle GRC back on the podium today. This is another great result for the whole team and I’m excited that we’re heading into the Vegas finale with a lock on the championship for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross.” – Speed

Speed Takes His Sixth Podium of the 2015 GRC Season

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After becoming the all-time Red Bull GRC wins leader during the Los Angeles weekend, Speed came to the checkered flag in the second position.

The three-time X Games gold medalist is now the championship points leader after his sixth podium of the 2015 season.

“Fortunately we were able to get back to the line after that incident with (Patrik) Sandell. I think we now realize that our cars are durable and we’re having no mechanical or liability problems and that’s key in Global Rallycross. It’s definitely a contact sport; everyone at Volkswagen Andretti has done an amazing job at developing these cars and making them as strong as possible. This race was huge for points, so we just need to have a strong day tomorrow and stay out of trouble.” – Speed

Speed Sweeps Los Angeles Double Header with Two First Place Wins

Speed sealed the deal in Los Angeles, stealing his second first-place finish of the Global
Rallycross doubleheader weekend.

The California-native now sits in the second position in the championship point standings
after his podium sweep in Los Angeles.

“It’s been a great weekend, obviously at the beginning of the season we struggled a bit, but with a new program like this you’re bound to have problems and we have had them. I think our
Beetles are dialed in, they are fast and durable, so I see us as a major threat for the championship. I couldn’t be happier, I feel so lucky to be able to drive this Merchant First Beetle and I have a great teammate, a great team and I cannot say enough good things about Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross.” – Speed

Scott Speed Takes First Place at Port of Los Angeles

The All-American racer finished race one in Los Angeles in the first position, ultimately bumping him into the third spot in the championship points hunt.

The former Formula 1 driver set the fastest lap in the No. 41 Merchant First Beetle during this weekend’s doubleheader event at the Port of Los Angeles.

“It’s a tough track, it’s super technical honestly, but it’s definitely my favorite so far this season. The crossover jump is a huge addition to Global Rallycross that we all love; so I’m happy to see it make a comeback. There was a lot of strategy that played out in today’s race, obviously that final turned out exactly how we wanted. It feels incredible to walk away with a win and more importantly some solid championship points. Fingers crossed that we can end tomorrow’s race the same way.” – Speed

Speed Finishes Seventh in Round 7 of Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington D.C.

The three-time X Games Gold Medalist finished round seven of the Red Bull Global Rallycross in the seventh position.
 
After an announcement made earlier this week, the five-time Global Rallycross race winner will continue to pilot the No. 41 Volkswagen GRC Beetle throughout the next two seasons.
 
“We put in some good, consistent laps during yesterday’s practice sessions and heat, but today just wasn’t in our favor. Bad luck built on top of bad luck, but a lot of the issues today stemmed from things we couldn’t control. On a positive note, I loved having a ton of Volkswagen guests here this weekend, just wish I would have been able to put it on the podium for them. We definitely have more speed then what was shown this weekend, so I can’t wait to unleash it in L.A.” – Speed

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross and Scott Speed Sign Contract Extension

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.”

Available now, the VARX Supercars app is free to download for iOS and Android users, providing race fans with the perfect mobile companion to every race weekend. Users can stay up to date on schedules, session results, and live timing and scoring all in the palm of his or her hand. Search “VARX Supercars” in the App Store or on Google Play to download.

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.

Speed Finishes 7th in Round 7 of Red Bull GRC WASHINGTON D.C.

The three-time X Games Gold Medalist finished round seven of the Red Bull Global Rallycross in the seventh position.

After an announcement made earlier this week, the five-time Global Rallycross race winner will continue to pilot the No. 41 Volkswagen GRC Beetle throughout the next two seasons.

“We put in some good, consistent laps during yesterday’s practice sessions and heat, but today just wasn’t in our favor. Bad luck built on top of bad luck, but a lot of the issues today stemmed from things we couldn’t control. On a positive note, I loved having a ton of Volkswagen guests here this weekend, just wish I would have been able to put it on the podium for them. We definitely have more speed then what was shown this weekend, so I can’t wait to unleash it in L.A.” – Speed

Scott Speed Captures Second Podium Finish in Doubleheader Weekend

Speed captured his second podium finish during round six of the Red Bull Global Rallycross doubleheader weekend in Detroit.

The California-native now sits in the fifth position in the Championship point standings.

“The first start of the day, I wish they had let that go because I think we would have had the shot to steal a win, but we re-racked them and went again. Patrick (Sandell) had us a little bit all weekend really, so he deserved to win and it was good for us to finish second. Coming away with another podium is great for our championship points, now we’ll be looking on to the DC race and hopefully a win.” – Speed