2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross: Volkswagen Andretti (VARX)
The 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship kicks off on May 22 in Phoenix, and there are high expectations for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross racing team, given their immense success from last year’s campaign. In 2015, Volkswagen Andretti achieved a series-high six race wins, the driver’s championship for Scott Speed and overall team accolades for the season. With consistency in drivers, key team personnel and machinery, the VARX team has a stable platform to continue the run of success it saw in 2015.
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Team
Formed as a collaboration between Indianapolis-based Andretti Autosport and Volkswagen Motorsport in Hannover, Germany, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team is an international effort unlike anything else in Global Rallycross. VARX spends a great deal of time working with Volkswagen Motorsport and benefits from the championship-winning experience and development of their World Rally Championship program.
Teaming up for a third straight season for Volkswagen Andretti is Scott Speed and Tanner Foust, forming one of the strongest pairings in the sport. Speed will be searching to repeat his championship-winning form of 2015, defending a title he clinched with a third-place finish in the season finale at Las Vegas. Foust been a part of Global Rallycross from the beginning and his experience with this kind of racing is unparalleled.
Volkswagen Beetle GRC
Racing for the second full-season for Volkswagen Andretti is the 560 horsepower Volkswagen Beetle GRC, a car that claimed six victories, six pole positions and eight other podium finishes in 2015. At the start of last season, the team didn’t know much about the car, so they made a lot of educated guesses about what would work. The Beetle was very quick out of the box, and given the better understanding that VW Andretti has about the vehicle’s dynamics and characteristics, they look to achieve even better racing performance for the 2016 Global Rallycross Championship.