The Championship Plot Thickens Leading into ARX of Austin
Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust catapulted himself into contention for the 2019 Americas Rallycross (ARX) Championship title with victory at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres last week.
The No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle R driver is now only five points behind reigning ARX Champion and 2019 standings leader Scott Speed with rounds at the Circuit of The Americas and Mid-Ohio Sports Course left on the schedule.
“It was a very successful weekend for Volkswagen. It was a sweet win actually, and a sweet one-two,” said Foust after he finished in front of Andretti team mate Cabot Bigham at GP3R. “There’s no denying that the Subarus were the fastest on the track out of even the World RX cars, so they’re incredibly quick. In the past when we’d race and Volkswagen would be the quickest, when you won it was almost like a relief, but this was kind of a bit of a surprise. We worked really, really hard today to make the cars quicker, gain some pace, and then had good joker strategy and good starts. To be honest, we still didn’t put in the quickest times on the track, so that just makes the win extra special. It really was a team thing this time around.”
Foust took the win at the COTA season finale last season but lost the Drivers’ Championship to Speed. Foust thinks the first turn joker lap in Austin, Texas will make tactics critical. “We’re hungry on the trail of the big prize for sure right now and in COTA we have kind of an interesting start where you can take the joker as an option off the line, so it does give you an option if don’t have the best start if you’re on the outside. For sure we still have a lot of racing left to do, even in this short season.”
With 100 points, Subaru Motorsport USA’s Speed leads the standings, five points in front of Foust with Subaru’s Patrik Sandell and Chris Atkinson tied on 86 points for third.