Foust Wins Twice in Red Bull GRC Opening Weekend

No matter how good your weekend was, Tanner Foust’s was probably better. The rallycross, drift, and TV star dominated the leaderboard this weekend, eventually winning the first two races of the season, both of which were held this weekend at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix.

Foust has already had a very successful rallycross career, having won the driver’s championship twice, and these are his eighth and ninth rallycross wins, giving him the record for the most all time wins in the series. He is also the only driver to have swept more than one double-header in series history.

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Despite the sweep, Foust’s weekend was not all smooth sailing. To even get into the semi-finals his team had to perform a transmission swap—a job that normally takes about an hour and a half—in less than an hour.

“Behind the scenes [the] team absolutely thrashed before the semi-finals,” says Foust. “We literally used every single minute that we had, drove right out and took the semi-finals so that was all Volkswagen Andretti right there.”

Teammate Scott Speed also had a great weekend. Hot on Foust’s heels all weekend, he took second place on Sunday—the weekend’s second race—and was in second on Saturday—in the first race—when mechanical issues forced him out of contention and he got fifth place.

“To come out here with a fifth and a second with all the little issues we have had is actually really good,” says Speed. “I think as the season goes on, you are looking at the guys that are going to be here a lot.”

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Having won two out of two races so far, Foust is, of course, sitting in first place in the driver’s championship with 125 points. Speed, despite a disappointing finish on Saturday is in second with 100 points, but he is closely followed by Patrik Sandell in third with 94.

The next Red Bull GRC event is in Dallas on June 4, but you can catch Tanner Foust before then, when he races in the FIA’s World Rallycross Championship in England next weekend.