The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team took fifth and sixth positions in the final races of the Rallycross D.C., which was the third round of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship circuit during the second-to-last weekend in June. The team ran into some misfortune during the weekend’s races, which began with both Tanner Foust and Scott Speed suffering mechanical issues, taking them out of Saturday’s heat races.
The team had to do some impressive work to get the cars in racing shape, as there was only one spare engine.
“Hats off to our team. The Andretti crew worked unbelievably hard and replaced two engines on Saturday night and rebuilt a gearbox,” said Foust, driver of the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen. “With only one spare engine in the truck, the team had to do some amazing work to get both cars back up and running.”
With the cars back on the track Sunday, Speed moved up from sixth place to second in his semi-final, and Foust won the last chance qualifier to bring both drivers into the final. Unfortunately, there weren’t enough laps in the race to get either driver to the podium, but Speed was able to maintain his position at the top of the driver championship standings.
“To come in sixth and get those points is good considering the weekend we faced with mechanical issues,” said Speed, driver of the No. 77 7UP Volkswagen. “The car still has a lot of speed and we’ll battle back in the next round.”
The weekend’s events also gave fans in attendance at the RFK Stadium on Sunday their first chance to see the 544-horsepower Beetle GRC racecar in person. Both Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross GRC Beetles will be hitting the track later this year.
The next round of the Red Bull Rallycross Championship will take place at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, from July 19-20. NBC will air the race live on Sunday, July 20 at 2 p.m. ET.