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Herndon, VA — The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team is eager to get back on the podium to kick off the second half of the season in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship. This weekend the rallycross series heads to Daytona International Speedway where the cars will race on a custom GRC track sited on the inside of the super speedway.
Scott Speed, driver of the No. 77 7UP Volkswagen, continues in his battle for the driver championship lead. He currently sits in second place, 46 points behind Nelson Piquet Jr., and will be seeking his third win this year.
“The track in Daytona has a great layout. With the Joker in the first corner, it will make for an interesting first lap,” said Speed. “I’m excited to go there with the Global Rallycross series and give local race fans a different type of thrill to what they are used to.”
Tanner Foust sits seventh in the driver championship as the series progresses to the sixth round of the ten-race season. After a four-week break since Charlotte, the driver of the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen is hungry for his second win of the season.
“The challenge in these last five races will be getting the car to be fast on virtually every surface,” said Foust. “Over the first half of the season, we’ve developed a good setup for gravel as well as a good one for pavement. This weekend’s race in Daytona will require a mix of both, but I know the Volkswagen Polo R is up to the challenge.”
Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona will take place at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, F.L., from August 22-23. NBC will air the race live on Saturday, August 23 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Follow @VW and @FollowAndretti on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.
For tickets and further event information, visit: http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/
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 Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, Golf, Golf GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 644 independent U.S. dealers.
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 Verizon IndyCar Series, Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires and the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, along with entries in the FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross. The company boasts three IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009), one Pro Mazda championship (2013), one USF2000 championship (2010) and has twice captured victory at the famed Indianapolis 500 (2005 and 2007). To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at AndrettiAutosport.com or AndrettiTV.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti.