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Rockstar Energy Drink Driver Tanner Foust Looks Ahead To Los Angeles
Posted by: newsla on Aug 25, 2014 - 06:15 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Rockstar Energy Drink Driver Tanner Foust Looks Ahead To Los Angeles

Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust is looking ahead to a critical double-header rallycross weekend next month in Los Angeles following a challenging race in Daytona.


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Trouble started for Foust in qualifying, when he drew the first session of the day and attempted to set an overall fastest lap on a freshly watered course. All three drivers in his group found themselves near the bottom of the leaderboard after they fought for grip on slick mud.

"It was literally luck of the draw for all of us in that group and that's what happens sometimes," said Foust. "I hope that kind of luck passes me by next time."

After a pair of solid heat races, Foust faced trouble again in his semifinal round when he had a big spin that looked like it might end his day early. Braking hard to avoid another car, Foust slid into the trackside tire barrier. He was able to restart his hot Volkswagen and rejoin the race to finish third in the semifinal. That won him a spot in the final, bypassing the last chance qualifier.

The 10-car final was chaotic. The course was the longest in series history, with each mile-long lap featuring fast straightaways divided by technical hairpin turns. Traffic stacked up in the corners and contact was inevitable.

"Fighting through traffic in those hairpins was absolute mayhem," said Foust. "In the final, with 10 cars on that track, it was packed. It almost felt like we were fighting for parking spots at the mall."

Foust ran as high as third place, but took serious damage during a clash with a rival driver near the end of the eight-lap contest and it was everything he could do to fight the car to the end. Even so, he was able to cross the line mid-pack to earn sixth-place points. Teammate Scott Speed, meanwhile, crashed out of the final and posted a 10th-place result.

"I limped to the finish with a rear wheel that wasn't attached at all and somehow still managed sixth," said Foust. "It was a crazy race and I feel for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross crew. They have their work cut out for them when they get back to the shop but I have every confidence that we'll be in great shape by Los Angeles."

The result in Daytona didn't reflect the true speed of the team's Volkswagen Polo R rallycross cars. Foust was at the top of the time chart in practice and set the fastest lap on race day -- the only driver to break 1:01.

It was the first visit for the Global Rallycross Championship to the historic Daytona International Speedway, a venue that plays host to NASCAR's Daytona 500 and the famous 24 Hours of Daytona. Local fans enthusiastically cheered on the action, packing grandstands and lining up for autograph sessions despite sweltering Florida temperatures.

Foust is now looking forward to a double-header weekend in Los Angeles next month, when the series visits the Port of Los Angeles for back-to-back races September 20 and 21.

"The way to succeed in GRC is to do well in the semifinal to earn a good starting position in the final and just stay out of trouble," said Foust, a two-time series champion. "The emphasis in Los Angeles is going to be on keeping it clean and having good races on both competition days."

Rallycross is a blend of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition. It promises intense crowd-pleasing action in a fan-friendly track environment. As many as 10 drivers line up to start at once, piloting high-horsepower compact cars through race traffic over a challenging short course that features jumps, unbanked turns, hills and transitions between pavement and gravel.

Tanner Foust is a versatile and multi-talented driver known for his supreme car control and a proven track record of podium placements, national championships and world records. He is a three-time U.S. rallycross champion (2012, 2011, 2010) who has also won four X Games gold medals (2013, 2010, 2007), and two Formula Drift championships (2008, 2007).

He has also held multiple world records including for the astonishing Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare, which saw Foust drive a car through a 66-foot loop-the-loop. He also scored the indoor speed record for TV's Top Gear USA, and set a distance jump record with Hot Wheels when he made a 332' ramp-to-ramp leap in a truck at the Indy 500.

His varied race experience includes multiple years of open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, rally racing, various types of sports car racing and the SCORE Baja. He has represented the USA in the annual Race of Champions three times, teaming with NASCAR star Carl Edwards in 2008, Travis Pastrana in 2009, and Mick Doohan in 2010.

A year after making his overseas debut in the European Rallycross Championship in 2010 with a select campaign, Foust became the first American driver to win a round of that championship and finished both 2011 and 2012 ranked in the top three; he won two of the three rounds he entered last year. At home, Foust has been a dominant driver in rallycross since it was first introduced to the United States in 2010.

When he isn't racing, the professional driver also performs in films and on television. He is an on-air host for the U.S. version of the seminal BBC auto show Top Gear, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and airing on the HISTORY channel. Episodes of his online documentary series, Life in the Foust Lane, are available on the Rockstar Energy Drink YouTube channel.

Foust also handles stunt driving in numerous popular films, TV shows and commercials. He is featured as a stunt driver in the Need 4 Speed film, as well as other major releases including the Bourne Legacy, Bourne Ultimatum, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Dukes of Hazzard, Red Dawn and Iron Man 2 movies.

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