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Global Rallycross Race Report: Top Gear Festival, Barbados

The first round of the Global Rallycross season from Barbados will air on NBC at 1 p.m. EST on May 24, 2014.

Scott Speed, No. 77 7UP Volkswagen Polo

  • Speed suffered a mechanical issue during the heat rounds, forcing the California native to retire on the last lap.
  • Speed captured the win in his second straight Global Rallycross season opener.

“It was an awesome weekend here in Barbados. We had the speed right away, but with a big mechanical issue in the heat race, we had to come from behind from that point on. The guys did a great job twice, getting the car ready to make qualifying and to make it into the last heat. We were hoping that we were going to win our first time out this season, but it’s really special for everyone at Andretti, Volkswagen, 7UP and United Fiber & Data. We’re all going to celebrate this win!”

Tanner Foust, No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Polo 

  • Foust toke the joker on the lap last of his morning heat session to steal the win from the No. 43 machine.
  • After causing the red flag in the second round of heats, Foust was bumped into the LCQ – eventually ending his day early after taking the joker lap twice.

“Round one of the Global Rallycross season ends bitter sweet for me in the Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo. The car was fast, winning day one overall and I was quick in the morning on day two, but one long jump started a sequence of events that ended up keeping us from racing the finals. I am incredibly proud and impressed by what our team of engineers have accomplished this weekend. The Volkswagen we are running isn’t the newest car, and through Volkswagen Motorsport engineering and the Andretti Autosport racing know-how, we have extracted so much speed from the car that it is now the class of the field – just wait for the Beetle!”

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