What happens when you give a Volkswagen Beetle R to a legendary race car driver and super pro drifter to compete in rallycross? You’d get race wins. That’s exactly what happened during the final round of the 2019 Americas Rallycross Series in the hands of Tanner Foust.
Tanner Foust actually secured his first ever ARX championship title right after the fourth qualifying race onboard the no.34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle R where the unstoppable combo dominated the first two qualifying rounds. Despite a minor setback in Q3 where Foust was handed a penalty, all he needed was another finish to clinch the title.
He did so in spectacular fashion during the fourth and final round where crossed the finish line in first place. According to champion himself, “I couldn’t be happier. The vision of racing a Beetle in a chaotic, aggressive sport like this seemed so crazy six or seven years ago—and with the engineering of Volkswagen and the race capabilities of Andretti, they’ve come together to create a Goliath that has taken the whole sport of rallycross by storm.”
“Five straight championships, and this iconic shape is still undefeated. It’s just a real honour to race this car and it’s incredible to follow up on its legacy as the Beetle bows out of production. Hopefully, there’s more fun stuff to come.”
“It’s extra sweet to win this year. There is no doubt it was an uphill climb since we were running on a smaller budget than before, committed to the series late, and were running against two programs that completely revamped their cars and started from scratch with huge budgets,” added Foust.