Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Unveils New Livery, Battle Damage To Follow
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If you like watching 600-horsepower rally cars going wheel to wheel on loose-surface racetracks with huge jumps and lots of contact, then odds are you’re excited for the upcoming 2017 season of the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship. Carrying the momentum after a dominant performance in 2016 is the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, which just revealed a duo of race-ready Beetles decked out in fresh racing liveries at the Chicago Auto Show. Once again taking the helm will be two-time title winner Tanner Foust, as well as defending champ Scott Speed.
“We’ve been working really hard to improve our cars over the off-season,” said Speed, “and I can’t wait to get to racing so we can defend our title again.” Speed managed to secure an impressive back-to-back championship win last year, and will once again pilot the No. 41 Beetle. No. 41 is covered in green, red, and white, and features prominent branding from sponsors Oberto All Natural Beef Jerky and Circle K, both of which appeared on the car previously, but now enjoy a more permanent spot on the Beetle’s body panels.
Meanwhile, former Top Gear USA co-host and Scott’s current teammate Tanner Foust will once again pilot the No. 34 Beetle, which is draped in long-time sponsor Rockstar Energy Drink’s black and yellow livery. Foust managed a record-breaking 25 consecutive Heat wins last year, as well as a second-place championship finish. This will be his 12th consecutive year with backing from Rockstar.
“It feels like the 2016 season ended a long time ago,” Foust said, “so I’m really eager to get back behind the wheel of this ferocious machine. Last year we had a lot of great results, and I’m confident that with all our hard off-season effort we can be up at the front of the field again in 2017.”
The 2017 season of the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship will feature 12 events taking place at venues across the U.S. Look for the season opener on April 29th in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Why It Matters
If there’s one thing VW does right, it’s rally racing. Although it’s unfortunate the German automaker withdrew from the World Rally Championship in 2016 after an incredible four consecutive manufacturer championship titles with wonder-shoe Sebastien Ogier, I’m glad VW is sticking with the GRC.
This will be the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team’s fourth season in the series, and so far, things are looking quite positive indeed. The team managed to take wins in eight of last year’s 12 races, accumulating some 18 wins and 34 podiums total throughout its GRC competition history. Throw in those back-to-back driver’s championship titles for Speed, and VW is looking like the favorite for 2017.
“Our Volkswagen Motorsports partners in Germany and the Andretti Autosport team in Indianapolis have been focused on accomplishing even more in 2017, and we look forward to celebrating the triumphs of Scott, Tanner, and the team in the coming season,” said Volkswagen of America Senior Vice President of Marketing Vinay Shahani.
We’ll see where they end up when the dust finally settles.