Top-Two Qualifying Time, Performance Of Beetle Give Tanner Foust High Expectations For X Games Austinby Alanis King June 5, 2015 0 comments
Photo Credit: Volkswagen Motorsport / Helena El Mokni
AUSTIN, Tex. — For Tanner Foust, “snowball[ing] the weekend” in Ft. Lauderdale resulted in more than just a fifth-place finish — it provided a learning opportunity prior to his second-fastest qualifying time X Games Austin.
“One of the things we wanted to learn about the [Volkswagen] Beetle this year is how tough it is in door-to-door combat,” Foust said. “It’s unbelievably strong, so [we’re] unbelievably happy about that.”
The Beetle tested its strength through being in the midst of “not the good kind of action” during the first event of the Red Bull Global Rallycross season, which is something that Foust’s qualifying attempt in Austin allows him to avoid at the start of his heat on Saturday. Continuing the learning curve with the car on the X Games circuit, Foust said that he is “really impressed with the Beetle’s versatility” on track.
“It was good in the tight, little stuff, and it’s very good with the two-liter engine [being] so strong on these longer straightaways,” Foust said. “So, I’ve got really high expectations for Scott and I.”
Those high expectations exist at a no-points, exhibition event that aids in “putting the spotlight on [sports] and making them bigger than ever” — one that Foust boasts more rally medals in than any other competitor.
Though Foust failed to score a medal in 2014 and missed the six-car final, the driver “feel[s] good about this year” as the new Volkswagen Beetle makes its maiden X Games start.
“We’ve got some development in the Beetles now,” Foust said. “The Polos were great and surprisingly quick cars, but they were never really very consistent, so you were always a little bit on your heels as a driver reacting.”
Because the driver and his teammate now have “well-sorted cars straight out of Volkswagen engineering,” the driver noted that he can approach on-track competition with more ease.
“It’s a little bit easier to anticipate what’s going to happen,” Foust said. “It makes my job easier.”
And with no championship points on the line, that job is to win a medal.