Scott Speed Claims First Win Of 2016 At Marine Corps Air Station New Riverby Benjamin Sanders July 7, 2016 0 comments
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – Scott Speed claimed his first victory of the season in Round 6 of the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River on Saturday, July 2. Speed showed all of his experience and talent in adverse conditions after heavy rains pelted the course and turned the off-road section into a giant mud bog.
Tanner Foust amassed a 13-second lead after getting the holeshot from pole position until a mechanical failure sidelined the Volkswagen Andretti driver. Further back in the field, Brian Deegan had a broken turbocharger, which limited wheel spin and thus suited the conditions and the BF Goodrich rain tires. The mud-soaked Ford Fiesta dispatched of the competition and led the race; however, the ailing Fiesta may have had grip and traction on the slick infield, but it did not have the required power for the paved airfield runway sections. Despite a commanding lead, Scott Speed was lurking in the background, closing the gap to first after already taking the Kobalt Tools Joker Lap.
“This is the beautiful thing about rallycross,” Speed said. “This is why the sport is so popular and we all believe in this and so far this weekend it worked out for us. At the start I was so surprised to come out of the first corner in second. I went around the track and then saw Deegan come flying around the outside of me—I’m like, what in the world is this? He figured it out before everybody that the grip was out there, and then we had a heck of a race to the finish. I used my Joker and closed the gap and capitalized on the last lap. It was a great race, and I’m so happy that the fans stayed after the thunderstorm. I really appreciate that win because it was one heck of a show.”
On the final lap, Deegan took the Joker Lap, leaving the door open at the final corner for Speed, who happily obliged and claimed the victory over Deegan and Chip Ganassi Rallycross teammate, Steve Arpin. Deegan’s winless draught is extended as he has not won a Red Bull GRC event since 2011. Deegan was obviously disappointed but remembered that the weekend was about more than just racing.
“First of all, thanks to all of the military that supports us. It gives us the freedom to go race these cars—much respect for that,” Deegan said. “That’s racing and that’s the way it goes. On the first turn, the Hondas hit the brakes, I ran into the back of them, that tore my boot off and I had no turbo the entire race. It’s kind of like racing with a Fiesta that’s stock! I don’t know how I even stayed where I did. In the end, that’s racing. Congrats to Speed for taking the win, and thanks to Chip Ganassi Racing, all my crew, my spotter, and everyone who supports me. This is by far the biggest, baddest race of the whole year, around the coolest tanks and aircraft. Much respect and thank you!”
The weekend was scheduled as a doubleheader, but Mother Nature had other plans. A heavy deluge of rain on Sunday soaked the course and made the already soaked dirt portion of the course too hazardous for competitors and was suspended for safety reasons. No make-up date has been announced at this point.
Tanner Foust leads the championship point standings by nine over Brian Deegan. Scott Speed is third, 16 points back.
Up next on the schedule for Red Bull Global Rallycross is a stop in Washington, D.C. for Round 8. Live coverage will broadcast on NBC at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 30.
- Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
- Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
- Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
- Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
- Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST
- Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
- Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
- Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
- Jeff Ward, #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST
- Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
- Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
Photo Credit: Larry Chen / Red Bull Content Pool