Scott Speed

Speed Wins Inaugural AMX Championship

Fourth rallycross driver championship in a row for Speed

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed claimed the inaugural Americas Rallycross (ARX) title at the inaugural World Rallycross USA held at Circuit of The Americas. Teammate Tanner Foust did all he could in the last round by taking the victory and maximum points in Texas.

Foust won Semifinal 1, having taken a point out of Speed’s Championship lead at the Intermediate Classification, but by winning Semifinal 2, Speed was assured of the title as long as he just started the final to claim the one point required to be the champion. He did indeed take the start, on the front row alongside pole man Foust and went straight for the joker as Foust took the hole-shot into turn one ahead of Loenbro Hoonigan’s Steve Arpin. In the No. 43 Loenbro Hoonigan Ford Focus RS RX, Ken Block immediately pulled off the grid with a technical issue as the lights went green.


Subaru Rally Team USA’s Toomas Heikkinen and Patrik Sandell followed Speed into the turn one joker, Sandell making a last-moment change of decision to take the non-standard line. Arpin took his joker on the third lap and was passed by Speed, but held onto third. Foust then took his joker on lap 4 but held onto the lead to take his second win of the inaugural ARX season. Speed finished second and Arpin claimed his first ARX podium in third.

Heikkinen finished fourth in his debut for Subaru Rally Team USA and Sandell finished fifth in the last round and third in the championship point standings. Subaru’s Chris Atkinson and Xite Racing’s Oliver Bennett had a first-lap-fight in Semifinal 1 and GC Kompetition’s Liam Doran had a battle with Sandell in Semifinal 2 but finished the race with a puncture.

Scott Speed and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) become the first team and driver champions in ARX. This is the fourth driver championship in rallycross, in a row, for Speed and the team’s fourth collectively.In ARX2, DirtFish Motorsports driver Conner Martell won the second semifinal to lock down the ARX2 championship. In the final, he took the hole-shot from the pole position into turn one while Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Christian Brooks was forced out wide, allowing DirtFish’s Fraser McConnell and Keatts Motorsport’s Cole Keatts to move up.  McConnell climbed into the lead when Martell was forced out on lap two by a puncture, but it was Buhl Sport Detroit’s Alex Keyes, who had taken the joker on the first lap, who moved forward to sweep the weekend at COTA with a pair of victories. Jamaica’s Fraser McConnell finished second and 18-year-old Brooks finished third. Martell and DirtFish Motorsports secured their first championship in rally or rallycross. The official rally school of ARX secured the team championship with consistent performances from its drivers, Scott Anderson, Fraser McConnell and Scott Anderson.

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Scott Speed Takes Second Consecutive ARX Victory in Canada

After winning the ARX round at COTA last month, Speed notches another victory in Trois Rivieres.

he Americas Rallycross (ARX) series inaugural season is shaping up nicely. The first season is rather short at only four rounds, and on Sunday, the third event of the championship calendar brought the competitors to Trois Rivieres, Canada this weekend for GP3R.

GP3R can trace its roots back to 1967 when members of Club Autosport Mauricien organized a race on the streets of Trois-Rivieres in Quebec. Since 2014, the race weekend has featured the FIA World Rallycross Championship and now, in 2018, it also hosts the fresh ARX series.

Driver of the No. 41 Oberto-sponsored Volkswagen, Scott Speed took the top spot at Round 2 of ARX at Circuit of the Americas and he followed up by grabbing first place in Canada. His Andretti Autosport teammate Tanner Foust took second place, while Head Hoonigan Ken Block nabbed the final spot on the podium with a P3 finish.

After Round 3, Speed has solidified his championship lead over his teammate with 86 points to Foust’s 77. Subaru Rally Team USA driver Patrik Sandell is sitting in third place with 58 points. Block, while grabbing second place at COTA and third in Canada, is sitting in fourth place overall with 49 points mostly due to only racing select events this year as he sat out the first round at Silverstone. Chris Atkinson rounds out the top-five with 49 points, the same as Block. 

The next and final event of the 2018 Americas Rallycross Championship inaugural season will bring the drivers back to Circuit of the Americas on September 29-30.

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Scott Speed Takes Home Victory at Inaugural ARX Race on American Soil

After the Global Rallycross Championship series folded earlier in the year, U.S. fans were uncertain on how they were going to get their rallycross fix. Luckily, the Americas Rallycross (ARX) Championship was formed to fill that void with many former GRC crews like Subaru Rally Team USA and Andretti Volkswagen Rallycross Team bolstering the field. 

This weekend was the first event of the series actually held on American soil, the season-opener being hosted in Britain—more specifically, the historic Silverstone Circuit. Andretti Volkswagen driver Tanner Foust took the first round in his Volkswagen Beetle rally car, followed by his teammate Scott Speed, and Liam Doran took the last spot on the podium in his Citroen DS3 machine.  

This time, it was Speed who took the top spot at Circuit of the Americas. His back-and-forth battle with Ken Block provided the entertainment and proved to be the closest fight of the night as he was nearly unbeatable around the recently-built infield track. The drama continued into the final where Block was ultimately defeated, having the door shut on him by Speed, himself a three-time GRC champion.

When being interviewed during one of the semi-final heats, Speed mentioned Block by saying, “that guy is always running into someone.” In the post-race interview, a reporter referred to the final round as easy for Speed to which he responded: “That was not easy, I had to brake 50 meters before the first two corners because I was getting plowed in the back by the 43.” He was, of course, referring to Block’s No. 43 Hoonigan Ford. 

Former Subaru rallycross driver and skateboard legend Bucky Lasek, who was commentating, responded with “Scott, tell us how you really feel.”

Block got his word in, though. Being arguably the king of burnouts and donuts, during his post-race interview, Block responded to the applause for his celebratory spins in the infield by saying, “Scott was doing some pathetic donuts, so I had to show the fans what it is really all about.” A hysterically laughing Lasek then commented “Hey, Ken! you should tell us how you really feel,” after saying the same thing about Speed.

Speed’s Andretti Autosport teammate Tanner Foust grabbed the third and final spot on the podium at day’s end. 

Now that the drama has settled, there is a new leader in the Americas Rallycross Championship standings. Speed leads Foust by 1 point, 56 to 55 respectively. Subaru driver Patrik Sandell is in third place, but 16 points behind Foust. He is followed by fellow Subaru driver Chris Atkinson with 29 points and COTA second-place finisher Block who now has 24 points after not participating in the first round at Silverstone. 

The next event on the Americas Rallycross Championship calendar brings the drivers to Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada on August 4-5.

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Speed Wins 3rd Consecutive Red Bull GRC Championship

Scott Speed clinched his third consecutive Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercars championship in Saturday’s season finale at the Port of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammate Tanner Foust took the race win. 

“The whole week leading up to the race was just thinking about all the what-ifs and all the problems that could happen, even going in with such a big lead,” an elated Speed said after the checkered flag. “But my hat is off — I have the best team out here, and we have great partners. It’s a team effort!” 

Speed and Foust entered the weekend with only 30 points separating them, while Loenbro Motorsports’ Steve Arpin remained alive in the championship hunt as well. Foust pared down the lead to 24 with a perfect trio of heats, setting up a showdown in the final with both drivers on the front row, while Arpin was mathematically eliminated in the early stages of the event. 

Foust won the finale, while Speed recovered from a slow start to climb back to second place in the late stages of the final, while Patrick Sandell finished third. Speed’s runner-up finish gave him the points championship over Foust by an 826-807 margin.

“We snuck qualifying away from Scott, and then there was a little glimmer of hope in the heats,” Foust said after the victory. “Scott had a little bit of trouble, and coming into the final we had a chance to win if Scott was worse than eighth. It’s a big gap, but I was feeling it, and the whole team was hungry for that. But I’m so happy for our team — we had a tough Atlantic City, but since then we’ve won everything we’ve driven up to the line to do, and that’s not easy in this group. Hopefully, we’re going to carry some of that for next year.” 

Full Supercar results from Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles

  1.  Tanner Foust, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross 
  2. Scott Speed, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross 
  3. Patrik Sandell, Subaru Rally Team USA 
  4. Steve Arpin, Loenbro Motorsports 
  5. Cabot Bigham, Bryan Herta Rallysport 
  6. Mitchell deJong, Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE 
  7. Sebastian Eriksson, Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE 
  8. Austin Dyne, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 
  9. Chris Atkinson, Subaru Rally Team USA 
  10. Oliver Eriksson, Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE 

Final 2017 Supercar championship standings

  1. Scott Speed, 826 points
  2. Tanner Foust, 807
  3. Steve Arpin, 743
  4. Sebastian Eriksson, 651
  5. Mitchell DeJong, 640
  6. Oliver Eriksson, 601
  7. Chris Atkinson, 585
  8. Patrik Sandell, 582
  9. Austin Dyne, 562
  10. Cabot Bigham, 473
  11. Austin Cindric, 102 

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Scott Speed Scores Perfect Weekend in D.C.

Check out what went down as Mother Nature soaked the track for Red Bull GRC in Washington D.C.

Volkswagen broke Ford’s two-year podium stranglehold in Washington D.C., this Saturday as Scott Speed took the win and teammate Tanner Foust made a last-lap pass to edge into third and maintain his series lead. Second place went to Ford driver Patrik Sandell, who put in a solid drive on the fast D.C. track on the grounds of RFK Stadium, finishing all three heats in the top three on the way to the final.MORE: Gone in Under Two Seconds: The Cars of Red Bull GRC

Speed celebrates after a perfect weekend on track
Speed celebrates after a perfect weekend on track© LARRY CHEN / RED BULL CONTENT POOL

“Yes! We finally win here!” said an enthusiastic Speed at the finish. The result moves him into second in the points, just six points behind his teammate Foust with four races remaining in the 12-round championship. Speed scored a perfect weekend, earning the top qualifying spot and winning both heats and the semifinal round on the way to his second victory of 2016. He also won the race at MCAS New Riverearlier this month.

Scott Speed leads en route to his first D.C. win
Scott Speed leads en route to his first D.C. win© CHRIS TEDESCO / RED BULL CONTENT POOL

He made it look easy, but the weekend wasn’t without its challenges throughout the field. Early racing was uncharacteristically rough, with Sandell nosing into a tire pack in the first heat of the weekend, teammates-turned-rivals Brian Deegan and Steve Arpin colliding through the first corner and collecting Subaru’s Bucky Lasek in a Round 1 pileup, and Nelson Piquet Jr., back in the series for the first time this year, slamming the wall during qualifying before setting a fast lap.

On Saturday, all cars were back on track and performing well when weather swept through the nation’s capital, leaving the track slick and muddy for the main event. And with a significant shortcut available from the joker and the placement of the big dirt jump on the last corner, the on-track action was intense.In semifinal racing, Sandell saved his joker for the last lap and nearly stole the lead from Foust. In the final, Sandell trailed a smooth and fast Speed to the checkered flag while Foust and Deegan ran door-to-door for most of the 10-lap race.

Fans were on their feet as the longtime rivals Foust and Deegan diced back and forth, with Deegan holding off multiple attacks from Foust. On the sixth lap, a hard-charging Foust spun out but recovered to resume the challenge for the podium. Foust finally found a way past Deegan on the final lap and stole the final spot on the podium.The Red Bull Global Rallycross championship continues in Atlantic City, August 28.

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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.
 
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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