Foust and Speed Back on top at Daytona
After a dismal start to the Red Bull Global Rallycross meeting in Daytona, Florida, which saw both Tanner Foust and Scott Speed post a DNF, the two VW drivers bounced back to claim a historic one-two.
Saturday’s race (18th June) ended up a write-off as both Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) Beetles were taken out in separate incidents. While leading, Foust damaged his suspension on a large hole in the dirt section of the course, sending the Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC into a spin. Foust’s car was collected by another competitor, causing extensive damage which the crew needed to fix overnight.
Speed inherited the lead after his teammate’s accident, but within two laps of the chequered flag, a fire broke out under the hood of the No. 41 BFGoodrich Beetle GRC, forcing him to stop just shy of race distance. The resulting damage saw Speed switch to the backup car, creating yet more work for the VARX crew.
Sunday Bounce Back
After such a dreadful Saturday session, Sunday could only really get better.
Speed set the fastest time and followed the performance by sitting atop the time sheets in qualifying. His move to the backup car incurred a three-spot penalty in the session, giving pole position for the day to VARX teammate Foust, who in turn made the most of the prime starting position by winning both his Heat and semi-final races. Speed was not as fortunate, suffering another mechanical failure after contact in the heat.
Sunday’s final race saw Foust starting from pole, with Speed back in seventh. A crash on the first lap between several cars led to a red flag and restart, with Speed now having all the work to do from the back of the field.
Foust led confidently from the front, but the action was within the pack as Speed methodically picked off rivals one by one. A well timed joker lap sealed Speed’s comeback, and his epic push ensured he finished second behind team mate Foust.
Daytona showed why the VARX team currently leads the Red Bull Global Rallycross series – grit and determination with no small measure of driving talent. Tanner Foust summed up the meeting, saying; “Both cars have been getting chewed on all weekend. It’s just epic to come back first and second after all that, and it will be a well-deserved bit of champagne after this.”
After the torrid start to Daytona, we think the VARX team deserves more than just a ‘bit’ of champagne!