Volkswagen Beetle Supercars To Compete in Americas Rallycross in 2019
• Two-car team to be run by Andretti Rallycross, supported by Volkswagen R
• Drivers to be announced at a later date
Herndon, Va. (April 8, 2019) – Volkswagen’s Beetle Supercars return to competition this year in the second season of the Americas Rallycross (ARX) series. Two Beetle supercars will be entered under the Andretti Rallycross banner, with support from Volkswagen R, Volkswagen’s performance division.
The season begins June 8-9 at historic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where a brand-new 0.7-mile circuit will be built around the “Keyhole” section of the racetrack. The cars will then compete through the rest of the season, taking in races at Gateway Motorsports Park in Illinois, Trois-Rivières in Canada, and Circuit of The Americas in Texas, before the series returns to Mid-Ohio in October for a final round of competition.
Jost Capito, Managing Director of Volkswagen R, said: “It is great that the Beetles will be back on the ARX circuits this year — it will be a fitting send-off for the iconic Beetle now that production is coming to an end. Affordable performance is a pillar of our brand, which is why Volkswagen R is proudly supporting Andretti Rallycross this season.”
Michael Andretti, CEO of Andretti Autosport, said: “We’ve had a successful and longstanding relationship with VW and are happy to welcome the support of Volkswagen R into our Rallycross family. We have an exciting driver lineup, which we can’t wait to announce, and are confident that the team and VW will be in a strong position to defend our ARX championship.”
The team will continue to race the Beetle Rallycross vehicles, built by Volkswagen Motorsport in Europe, and developed by Andretti Autosport in the U.S. The cars will race with the same 2.0-liter 560-horsepower turbocharged engines that propelled the team to success in 2017 and 2018.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’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. Volkswagen sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.
About Andretti Autosport
Led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport boasts a wide racing portfolio rooted in tradition and designed for success.
Under the banners of Andretti Autosport, Andretti Rallycross and Andretti Formula E, the Indianapolis-based team fields multiple entries across the IndyCar Series, Indy Lights, the FIA Formula E Championship, the GT4 America Series and Americas Rallycross. Additionally, the team competes as Walkinshaw Andretti United in the Australian Supercars category through partnership with Walkinshaw Racing and United Autosports.
The global racing enterprise boasts four IndyCar Series championships, three Indy Lights titles, one Pro Mazda championship and one USF2000 championship, and has captured victory five times at the famed Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. Additionally, the team holds two X Games Gold Medals and four U.S. rallycross championships.
To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at AndrettiAutosport.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti
About Volkswagen R
Our automobiles exhibit it proudly, and we include it just as proudly in our company name. While the letter ‘R’ stood for ‘Racing’ on the first R-model in 2002, it has meanwhile evolved into a unique success story with a wide range of individually customized vehicles that thrill their drivers again every day. The passion of motor sports is developed further and made fit for road use by designers and engineers at Volkswagen R, for people with a taste for the extraordinary.
“Volkswagen”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG.
About Americas Rallycross
ARX is a North American-based rallycross championship fielding action sports stars, worldclass
manufacturers and competing in premier locations around the continent. ARX is the next
evolution of the high speed, action-packed world of rallycross. Rallycross is the fastest
growing form of racing in the world. Short races, viewer friendly asphalt and dirt circuits with
600 brake horsepower production-based racecars make for exciting racing and is suited to the
way we enjoy sports today. IMG, the global sports and entertainment agency is the promoter
and commercial rights holder of the series.
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30
countries. The company manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion
icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is
a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also
specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and
licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the