Tanner Foust joins Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross for 2014
Tanner Foust has today announced that he will be switching to Volkswagen for 2014 Global Rallycross & European Rallycross Campaigns.
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Foust who has been campaigning in a Ford for the past few seasons since switching to the category, will be running a VW Beetle in conjunction with his new team Andretti Motorsport.
Foust who is a Multi Xgames medal winner and three time Rallycross Champion, will be joined by Scott Speed in a second car.
Their first event will be in May in the first GRC round in Barbados.
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Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust is making the move to a new team and new car in 2014 for his rallycross campaign.
The three-time U.S. rallycross champion will race for Volkswagen in 2014, one of two drivers on the just-announced Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) team.
“The level of preparation that Volkswagen Motorsport and Andretti Autosport bring to rallycross can’t be overstated. Volkswagen conquered the World Rally Championship on their first attempt and joining them for rallycross is an amazing opportunity,” said Foust.
Volkswagen of America, Inc., announced details this week at the Chicago Auto Show, where the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle is on display.
“Volkswagen is delighted to have Tanner Foust as the driver of the Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle,” said Vinay Shahani, Vice President, Marketing, Volkswagen of America. “We feel that the combination of Volkwagen, Andretti Autosport, and Tanner’s proven track record in the Global Rallycross Series should be highly competitive during the 2014 season.”
Foust and VARX will open the season in May with a rallycross-built Volkswagen Polo developed from the chassis that won the 2013 World Rally Championship.
“It’s incredibly rare to have the chance to work with a brand new factory backed motorsport effort from the very beginning,” said Foust. “I’m excited to have the chance to play a critical role in building the VARX team from scratch.”
After starting the 2014 season behind the wheel of a Polo, Foust will make the switch to the Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle. This all-wheel-drive rallycross car is the ultimate expression of the third-generation Beetle. It will feature more than 560 horsepower from its turbocharged and direct-injection EA888 TSI® engine.
“I know what the Polo has to offer because I’ve been door-to-door with it for two years. It’s a great car,” said Foust. “The Beetle is going to be hard to beat. The drive and passion that the Volkswagen and VARX engineers have shown in the development of this car is just awesome and I can’t wait to drive the most ferocious Beetle ever!”
Driver Scott Speed will compete alongside Foust on the VARX team. Michael Andretti, CEO of Andretti Autosport, said: “I’m thrilled to be entering the series, and especially happy about teaming with Volkswagen to form VARX. We are excited about our driver lineup of Tanner [Foust] and Scott [Speed]; I believe we have the best drivers in the series and will be a top contender.”
Foust is committed to a full 2014 Global Rallycross championship campaign with Volkswagen and Andretti Autosport, including X Games in June in Austin, Tex. He will also drive a Volkswagen in select events in the new FIA World Rallycross Championship with Marklund Motorsport. The Rockstar Energy Drink driver will make his first appearance behind the wheel of a Volkswagen at the GRC season opener in May.
“For the past five years, Ford and the Olsbergs MSE team have been better partners than I could have imagined. The cars are great, the company is great and the racing team is absolutely the team to beat,” said Foust. “It’s never easy to say goodbye, but I’m looking forward to the season ahead.”
ABOUT TANNER FOUST
Tanner Foust is a versatile and multi-talented driver known for his supreme car control and a proven track record of podium placements, national championships and world records. He is a three-time U.S. rallycross champion (2012, 2011, 2010) who has also won four X Games gold medals (2013, 2010, 2007), and two Formula Drift championships (2008, 2007).
He has also held multiple world records including for the astonishing Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare, which saw Foust drive a car through a 66-foot loop-the-loop. He also scored the indoor speed record for TV’s Top Gear USA, and set a distance jump record with Hot Wheels when he made a 332′ ramp-to-ramp leap in a truck at the Indy 500.
His varied race experience includes multiple years of open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, rally racing, various types of sports car racing and the SCORE Baja. He has represented the USA in the annual Race of Champions three times, teaming with NASCAR star Carl Edwards in 2008, Travis Pastrana in 2009, and Mick Doohan in 2010.
A year after making his overseas debut in the European Rallycross Championship in 2010 with a select campaign, Foust became the first American driver to win a round of that championship and finished both 2011 and 2012 ranked in the top three. In 2013 he won two of the three European rounds he entered. At home, Foust has been a dominant driver in rallycross since it was first introduced to the United States in 2010.
When he isn’t racing, the professional driver also performs in films and on television. He is an on-air host for the U.S. version of the seminal BBC auto show Top Gear, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and airing on the HISTORY channel. Episodes of his online documentary series, Life in the Foust Lane, are available on the Rockstar Energy Drink YouTube channel.
Foust also handles stunt driving in numerous popular films, TV shows and commercials. He is featured as a stunt driver in the upcoming Need 4 Speed film, as well as other major releases including the Bourne Legacy, Bourne Ultimatum, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Dukes of Hazzard, Red Dawn and Iron Man 2 movies.
ABOUT VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’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. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 640 independent U.S. dealers.
ABOUT ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT
Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IndyCar Series. Andretti Autosport also campaigns multiple cars in Indy Lights and Pro Mazda championships. In 2013 the team announced intent to compete in the FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross starting in 2014. The company boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012), two Firestone Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009), one Pro Mazda championship (2013), one USF2000 championship (2010) and has won the Indianapolis 500 twice (2005 and 2007).
This entry was posted on February 7, 2014 by Joel Strickland. It was filed under Automotive, Motorsport, Rallying, VW and was tagged with Motorsport, rallycross, tanner foust, volkswagon, VW, VW Beetle.