Americans into rallycross

Rallycross is picking up the pace in drawing new competitors and teams, the latest being Volkswagen and it returns to competition this year in partnership with the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team in the newly launched Americas Rallycross series.

The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team will continue to campaign the Beetle Supercars that have earned the team multiple championships over the past four years. Drivers Scott Speed and Tanner Foust hope to add to their previous success in this exciting new series.

The season begins May 25-27 in Silverstone, England, at the brand-new Silverstone Rallycross circuit during the Speedmachine Festival. The Americas Rallycross opener will be held in conjunction with the British round of the 2018 World Rallycross Championship (WRX).

“I’m excited to compete with ARX,” says Scott Speed, driver of the No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle. “The competition is going to be tough, but our Beetles are ready. I think this new series will be a great place to push our team and the cars in 2018.”

Tanner Foust is ready to return to the world stage at Silverstone, having won races in the 2011 and 2012 European Rallycross Championship, the first American to do so.

“Having World Rallycross expand its reach to the US is going to make the competition so much more accessible for fans to better understand the sport,” says the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle driver. “ARX will be a great platform to find new fans and spread the word about rallycross.”

The pair will continue to race in the Beetle Rallycross vehicles, which are built by Volkswagen Motorsport in Europe. The cars have been updated to improve their handling characteristics, but will race with the same 2,0-liter turbo-charged engines that propelled the team to success in 2017.

“Our team has been able to achieve great success in rallycross and we look forward to continuing that legacy with the new ARX competition,” says Michael Andretti, CEO Andretti Autosport. “Scott and Tanner are some of the finest drivers on the planet in this motorsport discipline, and our cars are ready and better than ever.”

For information on the livestream of the first round of the 2018 Americas Rallycross on CBSsports.com on May 25, visit www.arxrallycross.com.

After Silverstone, the series will continue with three events:

  • July TBD, Austin, TX – Circuit of the Americas
  • August 4-5, Trois Rivieres, Canada
  • September 29, Austin, TX – Circuit of the America

South Africa hosts the final Round of the World Rallycross Championship in November at the Killarney circuit in Cape Town.

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Author: Colin Windell

Colin Windell is an apprentice retiree, petrolhead, rock music addict, lover of fine food and has been writing about cars for more than 40 years.

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