Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed had differing outlooks on the first day of action in Las Vegas, the pair locked in a battle for this season’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship crown.
Speed, who needs just a top eight finish in tonight’s final said: “Tough first day in Vegas, the track will definitely take some getting used to with the slick dirt section.”
“We missed a little bit of time in practice, but we’ll get it sorted and hopefully be ready to get after it tomorrow,” he added.
“It will be a huge day for the whole Volkswagen Andretti team, we have worked incredibly hard all season long to get here and it will be a well-deserved night to celebrate whatever the circumstances might be.”
Foust meanwhile appeared to be in a much more positive mood. “There was an awesome vibe in the paddock knowing that one of the Beetles will take the championship,” said the two-time champion.
“This is the fourth year the Global Rallycross season finale has taken place during SEMA week and it’s great to be able to race with so many friends and industry colleagues in the grandstands. It’s almost like all the drivers are racing for a hometown crowd, which creates a sense of enthusiasm and energy you don’t find anywhere else.”
Despite retaining a slim hope of claiming a third Red Bull GRC crown, the battle for second place is what Foust is focusing his attention on as VARX aim to lock out the top two positions in the standings.
“Our strategies will be simple, I still have three drivers that could take second place from me. I’m focused on just getting the car fast, getting good starts and learning what has turned out to be a very busy and technical track.” added Foust.