Tanner Foust wins Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona II
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust recovered from a disappointing Saturday result to win Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross final at Daytona International Speedway. Foust, who extended his championship lead with the victory, led teammate Scott Speed and 2015 defending race winner Sebastian Eriksson to the finish line.
“I really, really love bringing home a win for the guys this weekend,” Foust said. “They have been working through the heat and we were here until six in the morning. We had two impacts in the previous round—one hit the hole in the track, which hit the right front suspension. That kind of made the car dead in the water and gave (Patrik) Sandell, nowhere to go, and that was the second impact. The crew had to fix both sides of the car.”
Crews for Foust and Sandell spent the entire night repairing their vehicles after extensive damage from Saturday’s main event. Speed, meanwhile, switched to a third Beetle after damage from yesterday’s fire proved too extensive to repair overnight. However, all three drivers were able to continue on Sunday with Speed in fact posting the fastest qualifying lap before being penalized for the vehicle change.
The final required a restart after heavy contact between Speed and Austin Dyne displaced a tire barrier in turn six. On the restart, beating and banging between Foust and Eriksson wasn’t enough to displace Foust from the lead, while Speed shot ahead to fourth from his third row starting spot. As Foust extended a lead over Eriksson and Joni Wiman, Speed took a late-race Joker Lap to grab second and give Volkswagen a 1-2 finish.
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