Rockstar Energy Drink driver aims for U.S. title, returns to international racing
TANNER FOUST CONFIRMS 2014 COMPETITION DATES
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (February 25, 2014) - Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust will be racing for Volkswagen's first Global Rallycross title in 2014. He will also campaign a select season of events on the new FIA World Rallycross Championship.
"My competition focus for the 2014 season is Global Rallycross," said Foust, adding: "I'm looking forward to being able to run some international races in the new FIA World Rallycross Championship this year."
The 10-time X Games rally medalist will campaign for Volkswagen in 2014, racing Global Rallycross and X Games with the new Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) team, while pairing with Sweden's Marklund Motorsport for four events in the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship.
"Every season, the sport of rallycross steps up its game -- in the United States and in Europe -- and this year is going to be the most competitive yet," said Foust. "It's been amazing to be part of rallycross as it has grown over the past few years and I can't wait to get back out there and race in 2014."
The Rockstar Energy Drink driver is a two-time Global Rallycross champion, who has won four gold medals for X Games motorsport competition. He finished runner-up in the 2013 Global Rallycross championship.
Foust debuted in the sport of rallycross in Europe in 2010 with a partial season and was immediately competitive. He became the first American ever to win an European Rallycross Championship race in 2011 and finished the highly competitive series second in the overall standings that year. Since then, while running select events overseas, Foust has won six rounds and only once missed out on a qualifying spot in the coveted A-Final.
"Integrating a driver as talented as Tanner Foust into our program is going to be incredibly exciting for Marklund Motorsport," said Marklund Motorsport team owner Jan Marklund. "Tanner's record behind the wheel is excellent and it will be great to get his thoughts on the development of the car -- especially as we now have our partnership with Volkswagen Motorsport."
Foust and the new VARX team will open the Global Rallycross season in May with a Volkswagen Polo based on the chassis developed by Marklund Motorsport. At X Games in June, Foust will introduce a brand new Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle, a 560 horsepower turbocharged rallycross car previewed last month at the Chicago Auto Show. He will drive the Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Polo in all four FIA World Rallycross Championship stops.
Driver Scott Speed will compete alongside Foust on the VARX team in Global Rallycross. In the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Foust will join Marklund Motorsport drivers Toomas "Topi" Heikkinen and Anton Marklund.
TANNER FOUST 2014 RALLYCROSS SCHEDULE
Global Rallycross Championship:
GRC Barbados: 5/18/14
GRC Washington D.C.: 6/22/14 GRC New York: 7/20/14 GRC Charlotte: 7/26/14 GRC Detroit: 8/3/14 GRC Daytona: 8/23/14 GRC Los Angeles: 9/20/14 GRC Seattle: 9/27/14 GRC Las Vegas: 11/5/14
FIA World Rallycross Championship:
World RX of Great Britain: 5/24-25 World RX of Finland: 6/28-29 World RX of Canada: 8/7-8
World RX of Turkey: 10/11-12
ABOUT TANNER FOUST
Tanner Foust is a versatile and multi-talented driver known for his supreme car control and a proven track record of podium placements, national championships and world records. He is a three-time U.S. rallycross champion (2012, 2011, 2010) who has also won four X Games gold medals (2013, 2010, 2007), and two Formula Drift championships (2008, 2007).
He has also held multiple world records including for the astonishing Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare, which saw Foust drive a car through a 66-foot loop-the-loop. He also scored the indoor speed record for TV's Top Gear USA, and set a distance jump record with Hot Wheels when he made a 332' ramp-to-ramp leap in a truck at the Indy 500.
His varied race experience includes multiple years of open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, rally racing, various types of sports car racing and the SCORE Baja. He has represented the USA in the annual Race of Champions three times, teaming with NASCAR star Carl Edwards in 2008, Travis Pastrana in 2009, and Mick Doohan in 2010.
A year after making his overseas debut in the European Rallycross Championship in 2010 with a select campaign, Foust became the first American driver to win a round of that championship and finished both 2011 and 2012 ranked in the top three; he won two of the three rounds he entered last year. At home, Foust has been a dominant driver in rallycross since it was first introduced to the United States in 2010.
When he isn't racing, the professional driver also performs in films and on television. He is an on-air host for the U.S. version of the seminal BBC auto show Top Gear, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and airing on the HISTORY channel. Episodes of his online documentary series, Life in the Foust Lane, are available on the Rockstar Energy Drink YouTube channel.
Foust also handles stunt driving in numerous popular films, TV shows and commercials. He is featured as a stunt driver in the upcoming Need 4 Speed film, as well as other major releases including the Bourne Legacy, Bourne Ultimatum, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Dukes of Hazzard, Red Dawn and Iron Man 2 movies.
ABOUT ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT
Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IndyCar Series. Andretti Autosport also campaigns multiple cars in Indy Lights and Pro Mazda championships. In 2013 the team announced intent to compete in the FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross starting in 2014. The company boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012), two Firestone Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009), one Pro Mazda championship (2013), one USF2000 championship (2010) and has won the Indianapolis 500 twice (2005 and 2007).
ABOUT MARKLUND MOTORSPORT
Based in Northern Sweden, Marklund Motorsport competes globally in championships including Global Rallycross and the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Volkswagen Motorsport recently announced a three-year partnership with Marklund Motorsport for the FIA World Rallycross Championship.