In the glow of the iconic Las Vegas strip, Scott Speed and the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) team celebrated the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) championship after a frenetic season finale that saw Mother Nature wreak havoc on the season-ending track. The third place finish for the driver of the No. 41 ORAFOL Volkswagen Beetle GRC secured the championship win, earning the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Team its first championship victory in only its second season of competition. Tanner Foust earned a third place finish in the championship standings, adding to the incredible performance of the VARX team for the 2015 season.
“I’m at a loss for words when it comes to describing how it feels to win the championship this season,” said Speed, soon after crossing the finish line in Vegas. “The whole Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team has worked so hard for this result; I’m incredibly proud of this team and am so happy to have been able to bring home the top spot for them.”
Tanner Foust added to his extensive resume of Global Rallycross achievements by claiming third place in the 2015 championship standings, with a ninth-place finish in Las Vegas. After contact with the wall on lap one of the final, Foust managed to pilot his No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle to the checkered flag in ninth place, securing command of the 2015 championship podium.
“It was a difficult event here in Las Vegas, but I’m so proud of the entire VARX team for the efforts they’ve put in this year. They’ve made our season so, extremely successful,” stated Foust. “Third in the championship obviously isn’t what we were hoping for, but I can’t wait to start next year, continuing the success we’ve found in 2015. Congratulations to Scott—I’m glad he could join the GRC champions club, but we’ll be gunning for him next year!”
With five victories in the 2015 season, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross surpassed all other teams in only its second year of competition. The first full year of running for the Volkswagen Beetle GRC proved the platform’s competence, reliability and speed, earning the iconic model its place in the Global Rallycross record books.
“This was a challenging season, but a hard-earned one that the VARX team is extremely proud of,” said Clark Campbell, general manager of Experiential Marketing in Volkswagen of America Inc. “The Beetle GRC cars, with Scott and Tanner behind their wheels, have proven themselves a champion, and a fan-favorite. I would also like to thank the organization behind the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship. It is not an easy task to stage these events, but the increased viewership and media attention demonstrate that GRC is a series to be taken seriously, and one we are proud to be a part of.”