ARX Championship in Sight for Tanner Foust
Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust is hoping that fine tuning to the multiple championship winning Volkswagen Beetle Supercar will put him in a strong position to fight for the second-ever Americas Rallycross (ARX) title in the final two rounds of the season, starting today in the ARX of Austin.
Foust scored victory in the ARX finale at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas last season and also won Round 4 of ARX 2019 at the Grand Prix du Trois-Rivieres in Canada last month.
“It’s been a bit of a break since the last race, but I’m rested and prepared to finish the season strong with two back-to-back weekends starting in COTA. Everybody has experience on this track and so we will all know what to expect. The field is very close but we have improved our starts throughout the year and at COTA that is absolutely critical,” said the three-time U.S. Rallycross champion, Foust. “We have worked a lot on fine tuning a system [the Beetle] that we know a lot about this year. When you use the same car for three years, we know what works and what doesn’t. We do have a slightly different suspension set-up this year than last, but our window of change is fairly narrow.”
There will be a pair of new faces on the ARX grid this weekend in Andreas Bakkerud and Joni Wiman. Foust has experience of racing both, and thinks FIA World Rallycross Championship star Bakkerud will be in the hunt for victory in COTA and Mid-Ohio.
“The Subarus are fast and the Fords have shown some extreme potential too. With Bakkerud coming in to fill Scott [Speed]’s position and not having a chance for points, we just hope that there aren’t team tactics in place to help the other blue cars out there. But I know Bakkerud well and he will race to win. I think it’s a very tight group this year, with the Beetle that has been fast for five years, a new Ford, a new Subaru both showing amazing speed, so it should be a great end to the season.”