Tanner Foust Captures 11th Career Red Bull GRC Win In Seattleby Benjamin Sanders September 23, 2016 0 comments
WASHINGTON, Wash. – Tanner Foust became the most successful Red Bull Global Rallycross driver in series history after claiming the 11th win of his career on possibly the craziest weekend at the Evergreen Speedway, just outside of Seattle on Sunday, September 18, 2016. The American Northwest is the spiritual home of North American rallying as a massive crowd ventured to the famed oval for Round 10 of the season.
“It’s a pleasure to be back here.” Foust said. “I love you guys and the fans here are absolutely awesome. I was lucky enough to come back about a month ago and across the country the fans are the best. I see so many familiar faces over the last decade of racing. But the track was gnarly. It was weird to go the normal NASCAR way around the track. The drift track was the other direction. All the teams had a big battle. Volkswagen and Andretti pulled it off and it was spectacular. It was really great to see so many new fans to a sport that I really believe in. I think there’s a long future, so hope to see you again next year!”
The action all weekend was wild, even by Red Bull GRC standards, as rain made the aging pavement and dirt treacherous for even the most experienced drivers. Many of the usual contenders struggled, including title contenders Scott Speed and Patrik Sandell, the latter so much that he missed the final. Speed had to qualify through the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) to even make the final after rear-ending World Rally Championship (WRC) veteran, Chris Atkinson and the improving Subaru Impreza.
Two-time champion, Foust had things go his way all weekend. Foust dominated his semi-final to secure the much coveted pole position. The mighty grip and torque from his Andretti Volkswagen ensured he got the hole-shot, followed by both Olsbergs MSE Honda’s of Sebastien Eriksson and Joni Wiman, who made a bold move on the outside line of the banked Turn 1.
A slow starting Subaru bunched up the rear of the field which made room racing rook hard to find. A lack of visibility and grip caused carnage and hindered the progress of 2015 champion Scott Speed, who used the Kobalt Tools Joker Lap effectively to jump the gaggle of cars in front of him.
By the end of the 10-lap main event, Speed had caught the Hondas but needed just one more lap and ultimately settled for fourth place. After having pace all season, the Honda Civics finally converted it into a result after a flurry of mechanical issues.
“It’s been a tough season for us, but to come here with some new parts on the car and get a great result worked out really well,” said Eriksson. “I’m happy for all the team and all the hard work they’ve put into it.”
Joni Wiman put in a stellar and gutsy performance to drive from the third row to the podium.
“I’m really happy with the result,” said Wiman. “We went through the LCQ and we had a very good start in the final and got up to third. I really had to put my head down, battle, and drive as fast as I could in the LCQ. I wanted to do more than third today, but we’re still really happy.”
Foust currently leads the standings by 13 points heading into the final round, a double-header in Los Angeles. The final rounds of the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season will broadcast live on NBC at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct0ber 9.
- #34 Tanner Foust | Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
- #93 Sebastian Eriksson | Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
- #31 Joni Wiman | Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
- #41 Scott Speed | Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
- #00 Steve Arpin | Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
- #55 Chris Atkinson | Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
- #38 Brian Deegan | Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
- #07 Nelson Piquet Jr. | SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST
- #75 David Higgins | Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
- #14 Austin Dyne | AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST
- #18 Patrik Sandell | Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
Photo Credit: Larry Chen/ Red Bull Content Pool