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September 20, 2016
Tanner Foust wins Global Rallycross in Washington Rockstar Energy Drink driver leads standings heading into doubleheader finale
Tanner Foust wins Global Rallycross in Washington Rockstar Energy Drink driver leads standings heading into doubleheader finale
 MONROE, Washington (September 19, 2016) - Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner
Foust is heading into the final doubleheader weekend of the 2016 Global Rallycross
season with the championship lead in hand after a big win on Saturday at Evergreen
Speedway.
 
The two-time series champion claimed his fourth victory of the year to move ahead of
teammate Scott Speed in the rankings by 13 points. "It's great for the Volkswagen
Andretti Rallycross Team that the two of us are battling for the championship," said
Foust. "It shows the strength of our team and these incredible Volkswagen Beetle
rallycross cars."
 
Although the drivers' championship is still to be decided, the team has already locked
in one title. Volkswagen clinched its first-ever GRC manufacturer's championship this
weekend.
 
In wet conditions at the Pacific Northwest track, Foust continued his unbroken string of
heat and semifinal race victories this season. The race win boosts him into the record
books with a series-high 11 career wins and 23 podium finishes.
 
Foust said Saturday he was thrilled to be able to deliver the top result to a packed
house of enthusiastic local fans. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver is a local
favorite. He has raced in the Seattle area throughout his career, competing in rally,
rallycross and drift events. He last visited at Evergreen Speedway a month ago when
he took on Formula Drift's "Throwdown" event in his 900-horsepower Rockstar Energy
Drink / Nexen Tire Volkswagen Passat.
 
"As a driver, there's nothing like coming into a race knowing you have the fans in your
corner," said Foust. "It was great to see so many familiar faces in the crowd here in
Monroe."
 
Foust will be on his home turf when the series moves to California next month to
decide the championship. The driver lives in Newport Beach, just south of the Port of
Los Angeles track. "I'm looking forward to being close to home for the season ender,"
said Foust. "Even though Scott and I are on the same team, you can bet we're both
going to be fighting as hard as we can to come out on top of this championship and if
there's such a thing as a home-court advantage, I'll take it."
 
Rallycross is a blend of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition. It promises
intense crowd-pleasing action in a fan-friendly track environment. As many as 10
drivers line up to start at once, piloting high-horsepower compact cars through race
traffic over a challenging short course that features jumps, unbanked turns, hills and
transitions between pavement and gravel. It is sometimes described as an action
motorsport and is emerging as the top youth-market motorsport in the world.
 
The championship resumes in just three weeks with the doubleheader Los Angeles
weekend. Live coverage of each championship round airs on NBC, with the finale set
for Sunday October 9 at 3 p.m.
 
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 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 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 also 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.
 
When he isn't racing, the professional driver also performs in films and on television as
host of the U.S. version of the seminal BBC auto show Top Gear, produced by BBC
Worldwide Productions for the HISTORY channel.
 
Foust also handles stunt driving in numerous popular films, TV shows and
commercials. He is featured as a stunt driver in Need 4 Speed, 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.
 
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
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distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and
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ABOUT ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT
Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport
boasts a wide racing portfolio rooted in tradition and designed for success. Together
with Andretti Formula E and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, Andretti Autosport fields
multiple entries in the IndyCar Series and Indy Lights, along with entries in the FIA
Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross. The company boasts four IndyCar
Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008, 2009),
one Pro Mazda championship (2013) and one USF2000 championship (2010) and has
captured victory at the famed Indianapolis 500 four times (2005, 2007, 2014, 2016).
Additionally the team holds two X Games Gold Medals and one Global Rallycross
championship (2015). To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at
AndrettiAutosport.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti.

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