Tanner Foust and Scott Speed put their Volkswagen Andretti Global Rallycross Polo race cars on the first and second steps of the podium at the Red Bull GRC New York event this weekend, though a penalty ultimately stripped Speed of his second place finish. The result marks a massive outcome for the new rallycross car, and helps Foust move up in the 2014 series points.
Foust was proud of the win, but also clear on the work that lies ahead of him and the team. “It’s been a tough year, and the guys with the most finely tuned road racing skills have been really dominant this year. This is a course that road racing skill really played in, and (Nelson Piquet Jr. and Scott Speed) were quickest all weekend,” said Foust. “Luckily I was able to use a little bit of rallycross-ness, and focus on starting, because the track was a little hard to pass on in order to get the job done. Fundamentally, I still have to go to school and get quicker, and I’m getting closer and closer to fine-tune my road racing skills, but GRC has set the stage that its courses and races are going to be very much like what you see here.”
Foust outran not only Piquet, Jr. and Speed for the win, but also Hoonigan Racing’s Ken Block, Hyundai’s Rhys Millen, and Subaru Rally Team USA’s Sverre Isachsen among others.
Speed’s second place was stripped after the fact through disqualification due to “unapproved adjustments” to his car during the first red flag of the race. The penalty dropped speed to ninth overall.
Going into the next round of competition, the driver’s points standings are:
Nelson Piquet Jr., 184
Scott Speed, 149
Steve Arpin, 140
Joni Wiman, 124
Patrik Sandell, 116
The fifth round of the 2014 Red Bull GRC season takes place in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 26. Live coverage on NBC starts at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, with a replay available July 31 at 2:00 a.m. Eastern.