2016 Season

Final Standings

Drivers’ Championship

Final standings after 11 runs

Position Driver Team Points
1 Scott Speed Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross 571
2 Tanner Foust Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross 567
3 Brian Deegan Chip Ganassi Racing 473
4 Steve Arpin Chip Ganassi Racing 461
5 Patrik Sandell Bryan Herta Rallysport 436
6 Joni Wiman Olsbergs MSE 342
7 Sebastian Eriksson Olsbergs MSE 341
8 Austin Dyne AD Racing 198
9 Jeff Ward SH Rallycross 134
10 Rhys Millen Rhys Millen Racing 96

Manufacturers’ Championship

Final standings after 11 runs

Position Manufacturer   Points
1 Volkswagen   51
2 Ford   44
3 Honda   36
4 Subaru   13

Monday, 10/10/2016


Heart-stopping final.

 

Scott Speed has done it. The US driver has won the Global Rallycross Championship for the second time in a row in the Andretti Autosport team’s Volkswagen Beetle GRC. At the final in Los Angeles, the American put in an impressive performance to triumph over his team-mate and rival Tanner Foust, who had gone into the crucial weekend of racing with a 13-point lead.

 

In a real nail-biter of a race, Speed crossed the finishing line second putting him two places ahead of Foust, who now has to settle for the unofficial title of runner-up. Speed bested Foust in the first race on Saturday, meaning there were just five points between the two rallycross aces ahead of Sunday’s final in the Port of Los Angeles. There was no doubt about it: the faster of the two would be the new (old) champion.

 

Speed started from pole position with Foust in seventh place. The latter made a brilliant start and shot into third place. “I heard over the radio that Tanner was on my tail. That really did make me a bit nervous,” admitted champion Speed after he crossed the line. “Sandell was ahead of me, who was slower than me. Every possible scenario went through my mind – like Tanner overtaking us both.” That didn’t happen though. Speed managed to overtake Sandell so that the latter acted as a buffer between Speed and Foust. Meanwhile, Ford driver Brian Deegan managed to pull off a tactical masterpiece, taking his Joker Lap just before the end to jump from fourth place to first and win the race.

 

At the end of the day, Speed didn’t mind missing out on the race win: “Today is the most emotional day in my career as a racing driver,” said Speed, who won a total of four season victories in the fast Beetle GRC. “Everyone drove fairly today and I just have to thank everyone in the Andretti Autosport team. It was a fantastic season.”

Thursday, 06/10/2016


Showdown in the City of Angels.

 

Showdown in the City of Angels, as Los Angeles is also known. The same location where Al Pacino and Robert de Niro as the evil cop Vincent Hanna and even more evil mafia boss Neil McCauley once staged a fierce battle in the film Heat may host a similarly fierce exchange of blows in the Global Rallycross Championship this weekend.

 

Tanner Foust versus Scott Speed is the duel at the season finale, which will be held on a circuit in Long Beach harbour. There will once again be a 2 in 1 at the Double Header, which is two race events on one weekend. The two Volkswagen drivers are separated by 13 points; Foust leads the overall standings ahead of Speed. Volkswagen clinched the manufacturers' championship with the Andretti-Autosport team at the round in Seattle, which Foust won.




13 points might sound like a lot. But on more than once occasion the 2016 GRC season has shown that anything is possible in the spectacular rally circuit series. Punctures and accidents are common, and in a finale with six cars, you can be overtaken or end up with nothing just like that. However, with seven wins in nine rounds, Foust and Speed have impressively shown what both they and their car, the Volkswagen Beetle GRC, are capable of. 

 

"It's very close in Global Rallycross, the competition is fierce and it will be a highly competitive finale," said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets, who will be on site at the spectacle in L.A. "But with the Volkswagen Beetle GRC we have a car that has been capable of winning throughout the entire season – seven successes in nine events held speak for themselves. Which is why I am confident and will be keeping my fingers crossed for both Tanner and Scott. May the best man win."

Monday, 19/09/2016


Volkswagen wins Manufacturers’ title with the Beetle.

 

Perfect weekend for Volkswagen: Tanner Foust’s victory and fourth place for his team-mate Scott Speed (both USA) ensured that Volkswagen was crowned Manufacturers’ champion in Seattle, with races still to come. Foust won round eleven of the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC), coming home ahead of Sebastian Eriksson (S, Honda) and Joni Wiman (FIN, Honda) to regain the championship lead from Speed. As such, the two Andretti team-mates travel to California with excellent chances of winning the title.

 

The champion will be decided on 8 and 9 October when Los Angeles (USA) hosts the closing double-header – two full-points races on one weekend. This is Volkswagen’s first Manufacturers’ title in the America Rallycross championship, after Scott Speed won the Drivers’ Championship for the first time last year with the powerful Beetle GRC.



 

Tanner Foust,  Volkswagen Beetle GRC #34
"It's a pleasure to be back here, the fans here are the best. Really across the country, the fans here are the best. It's so awesome to see so many familiar faces over the last decade of racing. The track was gnarly. The mud kind of challenging. I never felt like I ever had the track dialed in. The track was different every single time you were out there. Sometimes you would even see the ruts and you'd hit them and it would just pull a tire off. They would literally just pull the tires right off the rim. So that was a challenge. The NASCAR track was pretty fun. All the team's had a huge battle. Volkswagen Andretti pulled it off and it was spectacular. We have an amazing group of guys over there so congrats to them."

Scott Speed, Volkswagen Beetle GRC #41
"We had a right differential get away from us after qualifying and we really suffered from that until the Last Chance Qualifier. The speed just wasn't there. Once the crew was able to put a new one in the car we had the speed again. The speed is the reason we were able to go from the back to the front in the final. It was difficult to go through the day not knowing what was wrong and why we didn't have the pace. So I was happy we found and fixed the problem so we could come back in the final. That's all thanks to the hard work the guys put in, in under 30-minutes. So thanks to them for their support this weekend."

Thursday, 15/09/2016


Battle in Seattle.

 

He is THE man of the hour in the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC). At the latest round in Atlantic City (USA), Scott Speed (USA) won everything there was to win in the Andretti Autosport team’s Volkswagen Beetle GRC. The GRC show returned to the Evergreen Speedway in Seattle (USA) after a year’s break. Speed is now looking to back up his impressive display when he returns to action in the northwest of the USA on Friday and Saturday, and to take a big step towards defending his GRC title.

“The last race in Atlantic City was silky smooth for us, and we teased absolutely everything out of our car,” said Speed. “I am very proud of where our team is at the moment. We are in excellent shape to end the season successfully.”

The ninth of the season’s eleven races will be held in Seattle. With three races remaining, the Andretti pair of Speed and Tanner Foust (USA) are leading the way in the Drivers’ Championship. Speed has 409 points (three wins) to his name, while Foust is second with 400 points (also three wins).

Foust has some ground to make, following a puncture in the final last time out in Atlantic City. “It was a tough end to the last race, but I am ready to bounce back with a win,” said the 2011 and 2012 GRC champion. “I remember a lot of races at the Evergreen Speedway, and am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces again. They can look forward to a huge show.”

Monday, 29/08/2016


Speed claims third win in a row in Atlantic City.

 

Scott Speed (USA) won round nine of this season’s Global Rallycross Championship (GRC). The championship leader in the Andretti Autosport Volkswagen Beetle GRC came home ahead of Patrik Sandell (S) and Brian Deegan (USA) to win the final in Atlantic City (USA). Speed had previously secured pole position in qualifying and won all the A heats and the A semi-final.

After victories in New River and Washington, DC (both USA), this was the third win in a row for Speed. His team-mate Tanner Foust (USA) was similarly dominant. He won all of his B heats and the B semi-final. However, fourth place in the final meant he narrowly missed out on the podium. The next race in the Global Rallycross Championship will take place in Seattle (USA) on 17 September.

Friday, 25/08/2016


Thursday, 25/08/2016


Boardwalk Empire – the GRC visits the east coast.

 

Atlantic City – the city with only around 40,000 inhabitants in the US state of New Jersey is rather small. But is world-famous. As well as casinos, amusement parks and beautiful beaches, the city on the Atlantic coast has been made famous through pieces of music and TV. Bruce Springsteen dedicated a track to the city on his album Nebraska, and the famous TV series Boardwalk Empire was set in Atlantic City. And last but not least, Miss America is crowned on the beach there every year.

 

The city also has a lot to offer both visually and in terms of entertainment. And this weekend the volume will be cranked up in the seaside resort around 200 kilometres south of New York City. The Global Rallycross Championship will hold its ninth round of the season. The fans will be revved up once again with spectacular drifts, jumps and wheel-to-wheel duels. They will set the mood for the race weekend at a parade of the GRC cars on the famous promenade on Friday afternoon.

 

Volkswagen driver Tanner Foust heads to New Jersey as the overall leader. The American has already won three events this year, but is expecting tough competition in Atlantic City. "The track has a few slow turns, I think my rivals will have an advantage there," said Foust. However, there are also a few long straights. "We have a good engine, which is why we will have an advantage there," said the 43-year-old, highlighting the major strength of his 560 hp Volkswagen Beetle GRC.

 

Foust's fiercest rival comes from his own ranks. Andretti Autosport driver Scott Speed has consistently improved in recent races, won the last race in Washington D.C. and is just six points behind Foust in the overall standings. So everything points to another thrilling and entertaining race weekend – and another attraction in Atlantic City.  

Sunday, 31/07/2016


Speed celebrates commanding victory in Washington D.C.

 

Scott Speed (USA) and the 560-hp-strong Volkswagen Beetle GRC are again back on top: the defending champion produced an excellent display at round eight of the Global Rallycross season in Washington D.C. (USA) to claim his second win in succession.

 

With track conditions proving difficult in places following a number of showers, Speed won the heats, a semi-final and then the all-important final to take his place on the top step of the podium for the second event in a row, having previously triumphed in New River (USA). Team-mate Tanner Foust (USA) won a heat and the second semi-final to claim more points in the Drivers’ Championship. The next race weekend is on 27 and 28 August in Atlantic City (USA).

Thursday, 28.07.2016


High school memories of the capital.

The eighth round of the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) will be held in Washington D.C. at the weekend. The event in the capital of the USA kicks off the second half of the GRC season. Scott Speed of Andretti Autosport was victorious with the Volkswagen Beetle GRC in New River. Both last year's champion Speed and his team-mate Tanner Foust are keen to take the recent positive results with them into the second half of the season.

“I’m so relieved to have finally won again after everything we’ve gone through in the first stretch of the season,” said Speed. “We’ve been quick all along, so for our hard work to pay off meant a lot to me and the team. I’m hoping we’ve turned the corner and can put in another strong finish here to start the second half of the year.”

In the overall standings, Speed is currently in third place with 279 points. Team-mate Tanner Foust heads to Washington as the leader of the drivers’ standings (295 points). “We were super fast again in New River,” said Foust. “I’m looking forward to putting on a good show just a few miles from Volkswagen’s headquarters in Virginia. Traditionally we haven’t had the best luck at this race, so we’re due a strong result in front of a lot of Volkswagen fans.”

But this isn't the only connection Foust has with Washington D.C. “This event is always a nice trip down memory lane for me—I went to high school in the area,” he said. “It’s nice to visit some of the old stomping grounds.”

Monday, 04/07/2016


Volkswagen driver Speed claims first win of the season.

Scott Speed won round seven of the Red Bull Global Rallycross. The reigning champion from the Andretti Autosport team claimed his first victory of the 2016 season at the MCAS New River military base, near Jacksonville, on Saturday. Speed had only made it into the final through the “Last Chance Qualifier”. However, he made a fantastic start with the Volkswagen Beetle GRC, laying the foundation for his eventual victory.

“I was so surprised to come out of the first corner in second place, but when I was I just ran with it and we took what we were given,“ said Speed. “Such a great way to end the day and I’m so happy that these fans stuck around to watch this amazing show.“ Speed’s team-mate Tanner Foust was eighth.

Thursday, 30/06/2016


Get the party started!

One thing is certain: whatever happens, the coming double-header in the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) in New River (NC) will be followed by the sound of champagne corks popping and a lively party – regardless of the results of the two races: after all, the United States celebrate their 240th Independence Day on Monday 4 July.

 

The fourth race weekend of the season will already be history by then, and if Tanner Foust and Scott Speed of the Andretti Autosport team continue where they left off recently, the national holiday will not be the only reason to celebrate.

 

The last race in Daytona finished Volkswagen Beetle GRC ahead of Volkswagen Beetle GRC. Or, in other words: Foust ahead of Speed. Both scored valuable points towards the overall championship standings. With 265 points, Foust is still sitting pretty at the top of the championships. Reigning champion Speed is currently third and has far from given up the dream of defending his title.

 

The double-header in New River offers two opportunities to add to their points tallies – and against a spectacular backdrop at the heart of a military base. A stage that attracted tens of thousands of spectators last year, when New River hosted a GRC event for the first time. Large crowds are expected again this year. As such, a spectacular show and reason to celebrate are guaranteed.

Monday, 20/06/2016


Friday, 17/06/2016


A weekend by the sea.

Quick and dirty – that is probably the best way to describe the coming weekend at the Daytona International Speedway. Particularly the new dirt sector. The muddy highlight for Tanner Foust and Scott Speed: the 70-foot jump – that is a full 21 metres. The city on the Atlantic coast, which hosts the second double-header of the season (two races on one weekend), also has plenty to offer away from the racetrack. Over 37 kilometres of beach not only make Daytona Beach the place to be for a spring break, but also guarantee a party atmosphere all year round.

This is the kind of atmosphere that we are well familiar with in the GRC. The two Andretti boys in the Volkswagen Beetle GRC are in party mood in the championship: Foust sits on top of the overall standings with 180 points going into races four and five in Daytona. Speed, meanwhile, is still within striking distance in third place, just 30 points back.

Monday, 06/06/2016


Thursday, 02/06/2016


Full speed to Dallas.

Tanner Foust and Volkswagen got off to a dream start in the 2016 Global Rallycross season: After two wins in the Volkswagen Beetle GRC with more than 600 hp in Phoenix, Arizona, the three-time GRC champion leads the drivers' standings and is highly motivated as he heads to Dallas, Texas for the second race weekend of the season (4/5 June). "You can't have a better start to the season," said Foust, "it makes you want more."

 

Foust's team-mate Scott Speed also performed well in the second Beetle GRC in the starting field. The GRC defending champion is just behind Foust in the drivers' standings after finishing second in Phoenix, and is eager to really get going in Texas. After the successes in Phoenix, Volkswagen are currently well in the lead in the manufacturers' standings.

 

The organisers have prepared a tricky course at Fair Park in Dallas for the GRC's return to the "Lone Star State" – as Texas is affectionately known. It may only be 1.3 kilometres long and only have two changes of surface from asphalt to gravel and back again, but the track is a tough one. Almost 80 percent is on solid ground, with the rest on a loose surface. Long high-speed straights are followed by tricky chicanes or turns, where the Rallycross fans can look forward to more duels worth watching.

 

Unlike at the start of the season in Phoenix, there will only be one race in Dallas. 

Monday, 23/05/2016


Wednesday, 18/05/2016


Unleash the horses!

The new season of the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) gets underway at the weekend. And with a double dose of rallying action. Two rounds are scheduled for Phoenix, Arizona, in what is known as a double header. 

 

The venue is the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on the outskirts of the desert metropolis of Phoenix. There the GRC cars take each other on in wheel-to-wheel duels on an asphalt and gravel track around 1.5 kilometres in length. The name couldn't be more suitable since when the Rallycross cars start the heats or finals, it really does seem like wild horses are being unleashed.

 

The wildest of them all is the Volkswagen Beetle GRC. Initially, hardly anyone would have placed their money on the 560 hp four-wheel racer from Wolfsburg last year. It was only during the course of the season that the Beetle GRC, which was fielded by Andretti Autosport, turned out to be a real title contender. The Volkswagen drivers Scott Speed and Tanner Foust dominated the second half of the season. At the season finale in Las Vegas (USA), Speed claimed the championship title, ahead of Sebastian Eriksson (Ford), while Foust finished a strong third overall. 

 

This sees Speed enter the 2016 season as the defending champion. Tanner Foust has taken on a tight schedule for 2016. Aside from his GRC involvement, the US TV star will also contest two rounds of the World Rallycross Championship for Volkswagen RX Sweden. Foust is eager to get the most out of both series. 

Wednesday, 11/05/2016