Tanner Foust, Sebastian Eriksson Claim Victory At Daytona International Speedwayby Hunter Thomas June 22, 2015 0 comments
Photo Credit: Larry Chen / Red Bull Content Pool
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Red Bull Global Rallycross visited Daytona International Speedway on Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21 for a double header weekend.
On the first lap of the main event, Ken Block and Patrik Sandell made contact, resulting in a hard crash. Block was able to limp his car to the finish. Tanner Foust took advantage of the mishap and moved into the lead. He was able to hold on to claim his first victory of the season. The win marked Foust’s sixth Supercar victory and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle’s first ever victory in a points event.
Austin Dyne and Sebastian Eriksson finished second and third respectively, following a photo finish. Joni Wiman finished fourth, and Steve Arpin rounded out the top-five.
Daytona International Speedway (I) Results:
1.) #34 Tanner Foust | Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross | Beetle
2.) #14 Austin Dyne | Bryan Herta Rallysport | Ford Fiesta ST
3.) #93 Sebastian Eriksson | Red Bull Olsbergs MSE | Ford Fiesta ST
4.) #31 Joni Wiman | Red Bull Olsbergs MSE | Ford Fiesta ST
5.) #00 Steve Arpin | Chip Ganassi Racing | Ford Fiesta ST
6.) #360 Jeff Ward | Chip Ganassi Racing | Ford Fiesta ST
7.) #07 Nelson Piquet Jr. | SH Racing Rallycross | Ford Fiesta ST
8.) #43 Ken Block | Hoonigan Racing Division | Ford Fiesta ST
9.) #18 Patrik Sandell | Bryan Herta Rallysport | Ford Fiesta ST
In Sunday’s event, the on-track action was intense as the top-five competitors were door-to-door all race long. Scott Speed was running up front, battling in the lead pack, but he and Jeff Ward got together. The contact ended the afternoon for Speed who had to settle for a disappointing ninth place finish. In the end, it was Sebastian Eriksson winning his first career Supercar event.
“This is an iconic track,” Eriksson said. “If you watch NASCAR at home in Sweden, it’s all about the Daytona 500 and that is the biggest race for me. And to be here on this track and to be able to win, it is just amazing.”
After an epic battle, Ken Block was able to claim second. Block now has two podium finishes this season and 12 throughout his career. He won the season opener in Ft. Lauderdale. While competing at Daytona International Speedway this weekend, Block also earned four heat wins on top of the second place finish on Sunday.
“First lap — actually, all the first couple of laps — I kept getting hit in every one of the dirt corners,” Block said. “And then, eventually Arpin got into me too, and I gave it back to him. But it was a good challenge. Sebastian drove great—I wish I could’ve raced at him a bit more, but I was really defending behind me. But hey, he did a great job and so did Jeff Ward, you know, racing with that dude—I raced dirt bikes when I was a kid, and he’s one of the dudes I looked at in magazines and was one of my heroes for dirt-bike racing, so it was cool to be out there on the track with him. It was a really fun event.”
Steve Arpin rounded out the top-three, earning Chip Ganassi Racing’s first podium in a points event. Jeff Ward finished fourth, and Tanner Foust rounded out the top-five.
Daytona International Speedway (II) Results:
1.) #93 Sebastian Eriksson | Red Bull Olsbergs MSE | Ford Fiesta ST
2.) #43 Ken Block | Hoonigan Racing Division | Ford Fiesta ST
3.) #00 Steve Arpin | Chip Ganassi Racing | Ford Fiesta ST
4.) #360 Jeff Ward | Chip Ganassi Racing | Ford Fiesta ST
5.) #34 Tanner Foust | Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross | Beetle
6.) #07 Nelson Piquet Jr. | SH Racing Rallycross | Ford Fiesta ST
7.) #14 Austin Dyne | Bryan Herta Rallysport | Ford Fiesta ST
8.) #31 Joni Wiman | Red Bull Olsbergs MSE | Ford Fiesta ST
9.) #41 Scott Speed | Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross | Beetle
10.) #18 Patrik Sandell | Bryan Herta Rallysport | Ford Fiesta ST
The Red Bull Global Rallycross will visit North Carolina on Sunday, July 5 for the inaugural event at MCAS New River. Coverage for the event will air live on NBC at 5 p.m. ET.
1.) Sebastian Eriksson 137
2.) Ken Block 129
3.) Tanner Foust 120
4.) Nelson Piquet Jr. 106
5.) Austin Dyne 103
6.) Steve Arpin 101
7.) Scott Speed 76
8.) Joni Wiman 65
9.) Patrik Sandell 35
10.) Sverre Isachsen 29
11.) Victor Gonzalez Jr. 17
12.) Bucky Lasek 11
13.) Jeff Ward, ineligible for points
1.) Ford 14
2.) Volkswagen 13
3.) Subaru 9