Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross and Scott Speed Sign Contract Extension
August 14, 2015
THREE-TIME X GAMES GOLD MEDALIST WILL CONTINUE TO DRIVE FOR VOLKSWAGEN ANDRETTI RALLYCROSS THROUGH THE 2017 SEASON
Herndon, VA (August 14th) — Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team principles and Scott Speed today announced an extension of the driver’s contract ahead of the seventh round of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship. The three-time X Games Gold Medalist and five-time GRC race winner will continue to pilot the No. 41 Volkswagen Beetle GRC throughout the next two seasons.
“I’m super excited to re-sign for another two years with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross,” said Speed. “I’ve been lucky enough to be able to surround myself with an awesome crew and support team; everyone here feels like family.”
“We’re very happy to be able to announce our continuing relationship with Scott here at our home race—Red Bull Global Rallycross DC presented by Volkswagen,” said Clark Campbell, General Manager, Volkswagen Experiential Marketing. “Scott and his entire family have been great advocates for the Volkswagen brand during the past two seasons and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him back to the team.”
After a third-place series championship finish in 2014, Speed lies fifth in the standings at the halfway point of 2015. His 2015 season has been highlighted by a pair of second-place finishes at the Detroit double-header, as well as a second-place finish at the season-opening round in Fort Lauderdale, and his third-consecutive X Games Gold Medal victory in the nonpoints-paying round at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The Volkswagen pilot lies only 80 points behind the championship leader and hopes to continue the good run of success that he began in the last race outing in Detroit.
“We’re extremely happy to bring Scott back to the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team for the next two seasons,” said Michael Andretti. “Scott fit right in with the Andretti organization and with his help we’ve quickly established ourselves in Red Bull Global Rallycross during our first two seasons in the series.”
“My experience with the team over the last two years has been an amazing journey,” added Speed. “We’ve continued to make strides in the development of our program and we’re ready to begin to assert ourselves as the dominant team in this sport.”
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Red Bull Global Rallycross DC presented by Volkswagen will take place at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Aug 14-15. NBC will air the race live on Saturday, Aug 15, at 3:00 p.m. ET.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.
About Andretti Autosport
Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport boasts a wide racing portfolio rooted in tradition and designed for success. Together with Andretti Formula E and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IndyCar Series, Indy Lights and the Pro Mazda Championship, along with entries in the FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross. The company boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008, 2009), one Pro Mazda championship (2013) and one USF2000 championship (2010) and has captured victory at the famed Indianapolis 500 three times (2005, 2007, 2014). To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at AndrettiAutosport.com or AndrettiTV.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti.