Scott Speed Goes Back-To-Back In Red Bull Global Rallycross With Washington Victoryby Benjamin Sanders August 5, 2016 0 comments
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Scott Speed claimed victory for the second consecutive Red Bull Global Rallycross event, leading lights-to-flag, at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. on Saturday, July 30, 2016.
Speed showed his prowess and open wheel experience by conquering the changing conditions after a rain shower soaked the surface. His ninth series victory moved him up to second in the standings and was the first non-Ford win in the nation’s Capital.
“Thank you so much to the fans who came out here at our nation’s capital,” said Speed. “There’s no question that this is the race that we all look forward to the most. It’s such great racing here, and we are back in the hunt—two wins and we are on a great roll!”
Speed was under relentless pressure from Patrik Sandell for the entire 10 lap-final, doing just enough to keep the experienced Swede in his rearview mirror.
“It’s been a couple of rough weeks for my team, but they really put together a fantastic car for me,” Sandell said. “I had a pretty bad wreck the last weekend and they have been working flat out since, I am so happy for Bryan Herta Rallysport, just to be able to bring a car back here and be super-fast and put it all the way up on the podium. This one is for the team.”
The battle for third was even more intense as Brian Deegan and Tanner Foust made contact on numerous occasions, trying to move each other out of the groove. On lap six, Foust aquaplaned at the dirt hairpin and lost valuable time. On the very same corner four laps later, Foust bumped Deegan wide, into the tire barriers, and took the third step on the podium.
“I was inhaling the mud from Deegan from the whole race,” Foust said. “We were going back and forth with Brian, and it was such a fun race. I’ll be honest with you, this is such a sketchy track and getting blinded by another car makes it hard to do anything, but it’s super exciting. I tried to stick my nose in there a couple of times—I spun one time and I thought it was over at that point, but I was able to get back. We have been pushing really hard, Scott and I, and we have been really fortunate to get up here a few times. Honestly, behind the scenes the cars are getting torn down, rebuilt, over and over again. On my side, you have the crew just going absolutely at it to build it for the race out here in time. It’s incredible.”
The dominant Volkswagen Beetles may have claimed yet another victory, but the pace of the Hondas shown in the semi-finals should make the final four rounds incredibly exciting. Joni Wiman and Sebastien Eriksson were quick all weekend but got stacked up in turn one behind Foust and lost valuable track position.
Former Red Bull GRC and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor, Nelson Piquet Jr. also returned to series this weekend after competing in the FIA Formula E and FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) this season.
“I’ve missed competing in Red Bull GRC with SH Rallycross/DRR,” Piquet said. “I had such a great couple of seasons with the team and I love rallycross. Sulli and I are friends and have kept in touch. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to race again with the team that helped me get my first GRC victory.”
Up next on the schedule, the Red Bull Global Rallycross will compete in Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 27-28 at Bader Field for the ninth round of the championship. Coverage begins at 3:00 p.m. on NBC.
Round 8 Results:
- Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
- Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
- Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
- Brian Deegan, #38 Loenbro Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
- Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
- Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
- Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST
- Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST
- Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
- Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
- Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
Photo Credit: Chris Tedesco/Red Bull Content Pool