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August 16, 2015
Tanner Foust fast at D.C. Global Rallycross, presented by Volkswagen
Tanner Foust fast at D.C. Global Rallycross, presented by Volkswagen
Tanner Foust fast at D.C. Global Rallycross, presented by Volkswagen
Rockstar Energy Drink driver returns to Southern California for next race

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 16, 2015) - Tanner Foust battled hard in the Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle this weekend at the Washington, D.C. round of the 2015 Global Rallycross Championship, presented by Volkswagen.

"There isn't a lot of racing that happens in D.C.," said Foust, who went to high school in the region. "It's such a great experience to be able to bring motorsport to the fans here. Their excitement for it is contagious."

Foust set some of the fastest laps Friday during early sessions on the track, built into the grounds of D.C.'s RFK Stadium. In qualifying, he slotted into the top group alongside Volkswagen teammate Scott Speed.

The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team's Beetles were the cars to beat in heat racing, with Foust crossing the line second in his first contest of the weekend. Despite good speed during Heat 2, contact with series guest driver Jeff Ward resulted in a flat tire. Foust continued while the tire tore itself apart on the rough tarmac circuit and dropped him from first to third.

"Everything was straightforward in the opening heat until, the next thing you know, a puncture sends us into a difficult starting position for the second heat and we're in a full-on battle for the rest of the weekend," said Foust.

The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team worked hard to return the Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle to fighting form after the shredded tire tore through some bodywork, and Foust was able to return to the track for the Semifinal round. There, he finished second and secured a spot on the front row of the main event.

While pushing hard in the Final, Foust made the save of the day when a bump from a rival driver sent him wide and into a 90-degree drift. Foust called on his stunt-driving skills to avoid a spin. Although the crowd loved the spectacular move, it cost time. Foust finished the day in fifth. 

The D.C. race is close to home for manufacturer Volkswagen, which has its U.S. headquarters in nearby Herndon, Virginia. Following a podium finish last weekend at World RX of Canada, Foust spent a few extra days in the D.C. region for some special activities with employees from the car company, including a mountain bike ride and a round of golf. But a highlight for Foust was the opportunity to work with the factory guests who joined the team as crew members for the weekend. 

Under a special program, the car company selected technicians from the local plant and dealerships to work side-by-side with Volkswagen's German engineers and the Andretti team in the Global Rallycross pits. "It's an experience everybody really enjoys and it's great to be involved with a manufacturer that gives everybody in the company a chance to get involved in racing," said Foust.

Foust also brought the project RAUH-Welt Begriff Beetle to display in the paddock at the D.C. race. Tanner Foust Racing first introduced the popular project car at SEMA in 2014.

Next for Foust is the doubleheader Los Angeles GRC race, September 12 and 13. The multi-time X Games medalist and drift champion lives in Southern California and said he is excited to have an opportunity to compete close to home. The region has a strong affinity for action motorsport. Los Angeles is the former home of X Games as well as two of the most popular stops on the Formula Drift Calendar.

"The culture there brings out a great mix of fans from action sport and motorsport and I'm really looking forward to the race," said Foust, who debuted the Volkswagen Beetle there with a heat win in 2014.

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 emerging as the top youth-market motorsport in the world.

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 also 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 also 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.

A dominant driver in the sport of rallycross, Foust is the only American driver ever to win a round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. He made his rallycross debut overseas in 2010 with a select campaign and finished both 2011 and 2012 ranked in the top three. At home, Foust has been a leading driver in the sport since it was first introduced to the United States in 2010, and in 2014 won the New York round of the Global Rallycross Championship for the new Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team.

His varied competition experience includes multiple years of open wheel racing, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, rally racing, off-road truck competition, 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. He is an on-air host for the U.S. version of the seminal BBC auto show Top Gear, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and airing on the HISTORY channel. Episodes of his online documentary series, Life in the Foust Lane, are available on the Rockstar Energy Drink YouTube channel.

Foust also handles stunt driving in numerous popular films, TV shows and commercials. He is featured as a stunt driver in the Need 4 Speed film, 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 movies.

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