Patrik Sandell Dominates Fair Park To Win In Dallasby Benjamin Sanders June 5, 2016 0 comments
DALLAS, Tex. – Just days after capturing the Indianapolis 500, car owner Bryan Herta is back in Victory Lane on Saturday, this time with Red Bull Global Rallycross driver, Patrik Sandell after a masterful drive from fifth to first at the inaugural Fair Park event in Dallas, Texas.
After Tanner Foust dominated the weekend, Sandell made an impressive start by leaping from the second row to the lead in the first turn of the Supercar final as pole sitter, Foust ran wide, leaving the door open for both, Sandell and fellow Ford driver, Steve Arpin. Sandell, clear of the pack, romped away to a commanding lead as he earned his first victory of the 2016 season.
“I wouldn’t say it was easy, but they lined the cars up so I had a straight shot between the two front row cars,” Sandell said. “Mentally, I was just focusing on that spot. I never saw those two Volkswagens for 10 laps, and I’m pretty happy with that. I’m so happy for this group because we are working so hard together. I moved up to Indianapolis this summer just to be with them, and try to do everything together and to be as perfect as we can.”
Arpin and the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross duo squabbled over second place in an intense battle. Foust tried everything to clear the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta but was unsuccessful. This was Arpin’s best ever series finish and has to feel a win is not too far away.
“I just love the fact that we’re getting off the line this year,” Arpin said. “And just to be in the line with these Volkswagens, they are going really good. Our Ford Fiesta guys have been working so hard each and every week. We have made leaps and bounds of progress, and this is just a testament to the hard work that they have been doing”.
Although Foust was disappointed for letting his team down in the final, he still had a lot of fun battling Arpin and teammate, Scott Speed and adapting to the changing track conditions and learning even more about his Volkswagen Beetle.
“The cars are so fast that even when you’re in the lead it’s chaotic,” Foust said. “But mud on the windshield was interesting—I found the wiper button pretty quick. I had a great battle with Arpin, and I gave him one hit from behind where I wasn’t expecting him to brake, but I gave the spot back. I was trying to have a clean battle and get the pass. I couldn’t do it, but it was awesome to race it out. It’s unfortunate—we had the perfect season up until the final, and it may seem like smooth sailing from the outside sometimes, but we’re working so hard to get our qualifying times good, and trying to win the heats. It’s been a great season so far, and hopefully it will continue on.”
Foust now heads to the next round, a doubleheader at the legendary Daytona International Speedway with a 25-point lead over Sandell in the championship point standings. Scott Speed sits third, 30 points back.
Live broadcast of Rounds 4 and 5 in Daytona Beach, Florida will air on NBC, Sunday, April 6.
1.) #18 Patrik Sandell | Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
2.) #00 Steve Arpin | Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
3.) #34 Tanner Foust | Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
4.) #41 Scott Speed | Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
5.) #31 Joni Wiman | Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
6.) #14 Austin Dyne | AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST
7.) #38 Brian Deegan | Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
8.) #67 Rhys Millen | Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Veloster
9.) #07 Jeff Ward | SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST
10.) #93 Sebastian Eriksson | Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
Photo Credit: Louise Yio / Red Bull Content Pool