As it prepares the GRC Bettles for battle, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team is fielding two Polos in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship this season. And as it stands, Scott Speed won the inaugural race in Barbados in the #77 7UP Volkswagen Polo on May 18th.
Speed didn’t let the car’s mechanical failure during the heat rounds stop him from winning, persevering to win the final in the team’s first performance in the series.
“It was an awesome weekend here in Barbados,” said Speed. “We had the pace right away, but with a big mechanical issue in the heat race, we had to come from behind from that point on. The guys did a great job twice, getting the car ready to make qualifying and to make it into the last heat. We were hoping that we were going to win first time out this season, but it’s really special for everyone at Andretti, Volkswagen, 7UP and United Fiber & Data.”
Tanner Foust piloted the #34 Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Polo. He won the first race, but was then involved in a red flag incident in the second round of heats, making him miss out on a chance to race in the final.
“Round one of the Global Rallycross season was bitter-sweet for me in the Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo,” said Foust. “The car was fast, with a win on day one and we were quick in the morning of day two, but one long jump started a sequence of events that ended up keeping us from racing the finals. With the support of a great team from Volkswagen Motorsport and Andretti Autosport, the car is now the class of the field—and we can’t wait to see what the Beetle offers up!”
Next up for the team is X Games Austin, held at Circuit of the Americas, on Saturday, June 7th.