Tanner Foust opened the 2017 Global Rallycross season with a podium result in Memphis, Tennessee. The two-time series champion earned second place in the all-new Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle.
"What a great way to start the season," said Foust. "When you're racing, you're either developing your car and pushing forward, or you're losing. The hard work in the off-season has definitely paid off for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team."
It was clear from the opening laps this weekend that the Volkswagens were the cars to beat. Foust qualified his 600 horsepower rallycross machine in second, narrowly behind teammate Scott Speed.
Under a new series format that added more races and grouped the competition to encourage closer battles, Foust was a consistent top performer. He won a heat race and took a spectacular start in the semifinal to lead wire to wire and earn a spot on the front row for the main event.
In the final, Foust shot off the start and rode the track's 11-degree bank to the limit before tucking into second place where he prepared to reel in the leader. But when a minor crash behind him left a wrecked car in the racing line, officials flagged the race called the cars back to the grid to start over.
On the restart, the Rockstar Energy Drink driver again worked his way into second place. He kept the pressure on through all 10 laps and crossed the line where he started. "This was a very fast track and it was tricky to set up a pass without taking huge risks," said Foust. "Kudos to Scott on a great drive and it's a fantastic day for Volkswagen to earn a one-two finish."
The two-time Global Rallycross champion this year returns to the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team as a favorite for the title. In 2016, he finished second in the points with podium results in six of 12 rounds, including four outright wins.