Scott Speed: "This is Rallycross–Anything Can Still Happen"
(September 21, 2018) – The fight for the inaugural Americas Rallycross (ARX) title is set to reach its climax at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas in just over a week’s time, where Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers Scott Speed and Tanner Foust will battle it out for the crown.
Based out of its shop in Indianapolis, VARX has won all three of the ARX rounds in 2018 so far. Foust, the only American driver to have won a round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, took the honor of being the first final winner in ARX at Silverstone in the UK in May.
At the first ever event on COTA’s permanent rallycross circuit, constructed in the stadium area of the facility between turns 12-15, it was former Formula 1 driver Speed who dominated in the sister Volkswagen Beetle Supercar to take his first ARX victory as Foust finished third.
The title race took an unexpected twist in round three at the Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres, when following side-by-side contact into turn two with Loenbro Hoonigan’s Ken Block, Foust crashed out of his Q2 race and the VARX mechanics had to work late into the night to repair the 600 horsepower all-wheel drive Beetle.
Speed won his second round in a row but the hard work of the VARX crew paid off as Foust climbed back up the field to finish second in the final and keep his title hopes alive. Entering the finale in Austin, Speed leads the Championship by nine points and expects a fair battle with Foust for the title. “We always race each other as hard as we can, we’re each other’s biggest competitors normally. We’re just able to typically do it in a clean way and that’s just a testament to the driving style and the level of professionalism between us,” he said.
But, the race to be the first ever name on the ARX Championship trophy is far from over with drivers for Subaru Rally Team USA, Loenbro Hoonigan and the rest of the field all wanting to finish their 2018 ARX seasons with the best result possible. “This is obviously not over, this is rallycross – anything can happen,” said Speed. “We just hope to have a clean weekend and I’ll race it accordingly. I’m not going to need to take any risks. I’m going to be able to control my own destiny for the most part I believe so we just have to keep that mindset and limit big blunders.”
Tickets for the ARX Finale at World RX USA are available for purchase now. See the American debut of the FIA World Rallycross championship alongside the championship finale of ARX. Tickets for the September 29-30 event at Circuit of The Americas are available now at www.worldrxusa.com/tickets and your purchase includes a ticket to grammy-award winning artist, Ludacris and hip-hop icon, DJ Jazzy Jeff on Saturday night at COTA.