Scott Speed Makes Sensational Subaru Switch

Scott Speed will join Subaru Rally Team USA for the 2019 Americas Rallycross season, the Japanese manufacturer announced today.

The shock move means that the American will leave the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team that he has raced for in all but one season of his rallycross career.

The ex-Formula 1 driver will partner former World Rally stars Chris Atkinson and Patrik Sandell, who have been full-time drivers for the Vermont Sports Car-run team since 2017.

“I’m excited to officially announce my racing plans for the 2019 season. I’ve raced all over the world – Formula 1, NASCAR, Formula E, and a four-year rallycross championship run, including the inaugural ARX title this year – and I’m thrilled that the next chapter for me will be here in the US with the Subaru team in the Americas Rallycross series,” said Speed. “Subaru is a team on the rise in ARX, having been part of rallycross in the U.S. since the beginning.”

“At every race I’m amazed at the crowds of fans that show up to support the team,” said Speed. “I’m also excited to join Patrik Sandell and Chris Atkinson – two of the top drivers in the sport, who showed serious pace in the WRX STI this season. With the development they’ve put in I know this team can win, and I’m looking forward to bringing home another championship.”

Speed will swap Volkswagen for Subaru next year – Credit: Subaru Rally Team USA

Speed has won the last four US rallycross championships, taking three-straight Global Rallycross titles between 2015-2017, and the first season of the succeeding Americas Rallycross championship this year.

Across his six-year rallycross career to-date, the former-NASCAR campaigner has won 18-times – 16 times in GRC, including the non-championship X Games round in 2015, and twice in ARX.

Speed’s first victory came on his debut in Foz do Iguaçu, driving GRC’s Olsbergs MSE-run ‘Star Car’ for guest drivers in 2013. The success of that one-off appearance led to Speed switching to the discipline full-time.

He moved to Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross ahead of the 2014 season to partner Tanner Foust and had been there ever since.

The future of Volkswagen’s US programme meanwhile is currently uncertain. Speculation suggests that the German manufacturer will pull its support for the team in 2019, although IndyCar outfit Andretti Autosport could continue to run the team privately.

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Speed Wins Inaugural AMX Championship

Fourth rallycross driver championship in a row for Speed

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed claimed the inaugural Americas Rallycross (ARX) title at the inaugural World Rallycross USA held at Circuit of The Americas. Teammate Tanner Foust did all he could in the last round by taking the victory and maximum points in Texas.

Foust won Semifinal 1, having taken a point out of Speed’s Championship lead at the Intermediate Classification, but by winning Semifinal 2, Speed was assured of the title as long as he just started the final to claim the one point required to be the champion. He did indeed take the start, on the front row alongside pole man Foust and went straight for the joker as Foust took the hole-shot into turn one ahead of Loenbro Hoonigan’s Steve Arpin. In the No. 43 Loenbro Hoonigan Ford Focus RS RX, Ken Block immediately pulled off the grid with a technical issue as the lights went green.


Subaru Rally Team USA’s Toomas Heikkinen and Patrik Sandell followed Speed into the turn one joker, Sandell making a last-moment change of decision to take the non-standard line. Arpin took his joker on the third lap and was passed by Speed, but held onto third. Foust then took his joker on lap 4 but held onto the lead to take his second win of the inaugural ARX season. Speed finished second and Arpin claimed his first ARX podium in third.

Heikkinen finished fourth in his debut for Subaru Rally Team USA and Sandell finished fifth in the last round and third in the championship point standings. Subaru’s Chris Atkinson and Xite Racing’s Oliver Bennett had a first-lap-fight in Semifinal 1 and GC Kompetition’s Liam Doran had a battle with Sandell in Semifinal 2 but finished the race with a puncture.

Scott Speed and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) become the first team and driver champions in ARX. This is the fourth driver championship in rallycross, in a row, for Speed and the team’s fourth collectively.In ARX2, DirtFish Motorsports driver Conner Martell won the second semifinal to lock down the ARX2 championship. In the final, he took the hole-shot from the pole position into turn one while Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Christian Brooks was forced out wide, allowing DirtFish’s Fraser McConnell and Keatts Motorsport’s Cole Keatts to move up.  McConnell climbed into the lead when Martell was forced out on lap two by a puncture, but it was Buhl Sport Detroit’s Alex Keyes, who had taken the joker on the first lap, who moved forward to sweep the weekend at COTA with a pair of victories. Jamaica’s Fraser McConnell finished second and 18-year-old Brooks finished third. Martell and DirtFish Motorsports secured their first championship in rally or rallycross. The official rally school of ARX secured the team championship with consistent performances from its drivers, Scott Anderson, Fraser McConnell and Scott Anderson.

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The New Definition of (Scott) Speed

On two wheels or four, Speed is speed.

Scott Speed is a name known around the world for podium-topping achievements in car racing — from F1 and Formula E to NASCAR and rallycross on the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team. Turns out, however, that Speed has another passion that influences his time on and off the race track: bicycles.

The East Coast, from the Seat of a Bike

This summer, Speed and a few friends loaded their road bikes onto Speed’s kitted-out Volkswagen Atlas, complete with a VW Accessories bike rack, and plotted out a different kind of a race: 7 days, almost 200 scenic biking miles on the East Coast (including 70 on the Wachusett Fondo), and then 900 miles of driving for Speed to return home. It was a beautiful setting and the perfect vehicle for the journey.

The trip centered around the Fondo event, created by cyclocross champion and Speed’s friend and cycling mentor, Tim Johnson, for the benefit of a variety of non-profit charities. On that part of the ride, bicyclists tackled nearly 5,000 feet of climbing, including five sections of gravel, as they traversed the less-traveled North Road up Wachusett Mountain.

Other bicycling miles took Speed and friends to scenic points from Virginia to Maine, from stadiums to secluded wilderness areas. The unpredictable weather ended up as the deciding factor as to where the group traveled and added to the adventure.

Scott Speed’s East Coast Biking Journal

DAY 1: FORT LEWIS MOUNTAIN — OUTSIDE ROANOKE, VA

28.94 BIKED MILES

When driving from Charlotte, North Carolina to Washington, D.C., you’re going to hit traffic. Why not ride while it dies down? Pulled off the freeway and there was a bike shop that we were able to park at. Ended up in a valley with a great road, not a lot of traffic, and beautiful scenery. Stopped on a whim, and it ended up being a great ride to kick off the journey.

Fun Fact: Part of the Appalachians, Fort Lewis Mountain was named after a 19th-century fort and rises to a peak of 3,260 feet. Speed climbed more than 1,500 feet on this nearly 30-mile segment.

DAY 2: LADY BIRD PARK TO RFK STADIUM — WASHINGTON, D.C.

21.2 BIKED MILES

Met up with Jon Rourke at a local coffee shop in Arlington, Virginia; he is the team manager for the Trek Factory Race Program. (“I like biking, he likes rallycross.”) He showed us around D.C., I got to do my first urban cycling [riding on D.C. streets], and then we stopped at Summit Point Karting at RFK stadium for a little on-track competition. I beat everyone.

Fun Fact: The ride around Boothbay taxed the bicyclists’ legs, with lots of ups and downs on a route that hugged the area’s waterfront. A break was much needed and the guys traded in two wheels for four.

DAY 3: HEATH, MA WITH TROY FENDERSON

17.22 BIKED MILES

Had to avoid a massive weather system, so we headed east to Heath, Massachusetts, a mecca for riding hills. The cycling was terrific — one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Slept in a hand-built cabin with no electricity and no water. Slept there in a sleeping bag on a small foam mattress. Was almost meditative; had a profound impact on me.

DAY 4: PORTSMOUTH, NH

24.35 BIKED MILES

We drove to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and rode around there; an epic ride. A place on the coast where both my traveling buddies had lived within a mile of each other, but never knew each other. In the past, both have wanted me to check out the area and how great it is in New Hampshire; we finally had the chance to check it out. An epic ride along the coastline that was not to be missed.

DAY 5: BOOTHBAY, ME

19.64 BIKED MILES

Rode in Boothbay, Maine with Ted King, who raced in the Tour de France. He now has a podcast, which he had me on. My first podcast ever. To be able to ride with a cyclist at the top of his game is truly inspiring and gave me the motivation to hone my own skill as a cyclist. I do not know if I will ever get to his level, but it’s incredible to see what can be achieved at the top of the sport.

DAY 6: ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

27.72 BIKED MILES

Acadia National Park in Maine is the most beautiful place in the world. The most beautiful bike ride I’ve ever done in my life. It had everything: 5 miles of dual-lane carriageway, a whole lane to yourself as a bike rider, unbelievably pristine coast. Big rocks and cliffs. We lucked out with the weather, blue skies and gorgeous. Rode there for the day.

Fun Fact: While on the Acadia National Park segment of his ride, Speed likely saw the peak of Cadillac Mountain; it’s the highest point on the East Coast.

DAY 7: GRAN FONDO IN FITCHBURG, MA

70 BIKED MILES

Rode and afterward drove home to Mooresville, North Carolina, the longest stretch of the trip. Overall it was great — rode with some fantastic cyclists; great VW for the journey. The Atlas was perfect, and after I rode Sunday, it was a great way to spend the next 900 miles going home from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, to North Carolina.

Fun Fact: Speed nearly tripled the original distance — the 70 miles of the Wachusett Fondo — logging about 200 miles on his bike with a changing group of friends and cyclists.∟

The Car-Bike Continuum

There’s a natural connection, of course, between race cars and bikes — the pursuit of speed and endurance is part of the lure for a professional driver such as Speed and for any dedicated bicyclist. Speed started to develop a two-wheeled passion when he was living in Italy, racing F1, because everyone else around him was doing it. The cycling culture in Europe is akin to that of baseball or football in the U.S. It’s a recognized sport with massive participation, both on amateur and professional platforms.

Challenges On and Off the Track

During his summer East Coast adventure, Speed had time to reflect on his racing journey and his time on a bicycle. Through the years, he has learned that managing a personal physical challenge — he has ulcerative colitis, a chronic bowel disease — means he must stay in tune with how he feels, what he eats, and his daily physical demands. Speed’s pursuit of health and his pursuit of speed go hand in hand. “I don’t see my body that much differently than a race car,” he says. “The inputs are just different. My food is my fuel, and learning about how to perform well physically is a lot of fun.”

Speed attacks everything he does with 100 percent effort but has to be careful about any stress his body may take during training. He’s continued to adjust his routine to maintain his health, seeking the advice of friends and experts to tweak his diet. For example, Johnson suggested he add simpler foods — oatmeal, rice, potatoes — and it’s a change that seems to work for him.

His physical condition hasn’t stopped him from staying on top in the racing world. Speed racked up national attention as a five-time karting champion while in his teens. He is currently the points leader in the American Rallycross championship, earning his most recent win in an Oberto Circle K Beetle Rallycross.

Always Ready to Ride

Speed’s confidence and experience racing cars at speeds upward of 200 mph still doesn’t adequately prepare him for the trials he finds while straddling 15 pounds of carbon fiber on a bike, shredding roads on two wheels pumped up to 100 psi. But he loves a challenge, including managing micro inputs (tiny adjustments in bike weight, for example) — very much on the mind of any serious cyclist.

While Speed isn’t ready to turn in his racing suit for a cycling kit full time, he still logs an average of 250 bicycle miles a week, and his bike has become something more than a mode of transportation. “My passion for cycling comes from physically being able to do it,” Speed says of the activity that helps him stay fit, enjoy the outdoors, and cultivate lasting relationships with fellow cyclists. “It’s a great community . . . full of great people to be around.”

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Scott Speed Takes Second Consecutive ARX Victory in Canada

After winning the ARX round at COTA last month, Speed notches another victory in Trois Rivieres.

he Americas Rallycross (ARX) series inaugural season is shaping up nicely. The first season is rather short at only four rounds, and on Sunday, the third event of the championship calendar brought the competitors to Trois Rivieres, Canada this weekend for GP3R.

GP3R can trace its roots back to 1967 when members of Club Autosport Mauricien organized a race on the streets of Trois-Rivieres in Quebec. Since 2014, the race weekend has featured the FIA World Rallycross Championship and now, in 2018, it also hosts the fresh ARX series.

Driver of the No. 41 Oberto-sponsored Volkswagen, Scott Speed took the top spot at Round 2 of ARX at Circuit of the Americas and he followed up by grabbing first place in Canada. His Andretti Autosport teammate Tanner Foust took second place, while Head Hoonigan Ken Block nabbed the final spot on the podium with a P3 finish.

After Round 3, Speed has solidified his championship lead over his teammate with 86 points to Foust’s 77. Subaru Rally Team USA driver Patrik Sandell is sitting in third place with 58 points. Block, while grabbing second place at COTA and third in Canada, is sitting in fourth place overall with 49 points mostly due to only racing select events this year as he sat out the first round at Silverstone. Chris Atkinson rounds out the top-five with 49 points, the same as Block. 

The next and final event of the 2018 Americas Rallycross Championship inaugural season will bring the drivers back to Circuit of the Americas on September 29-30.

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Scott Speed Takes Home Victory at Inaugural ARX Race on American Soil

After the Global Rallycross Championship series folded earlier in the year, U.S. fans were uncertain on how they were going to get their rallycross fix. Luckily, the Americas Rallycross (ARX) Championship was formed to fill that void with many former GRC crews like Subaru Rally Team USA and Andretti Volkswagen Rallycross Team bolstering the field. 

This weekend was the first event of the series actually held on American soil, the season-opener being hosted in Britain—more specifically, the historic Silverstone Circuit. Andretti Volkswagen driver Tanner Foust took the first round in his Volkswagen Beetle rally car, followed by his teammate Scott Speed, and Liam Doran took the last spot on the podium in his Citroen DS3 machine.  

This time, it was Speed who took the top spot at Circuit of the Americas. His back-and-forth battle with Ken Block provided the entertainment and proved to be the closest fight of the night as he was nearly unbeatable around the recently-built infield track. The drama continued into the final where Block was ultimately defeated, having the door shut on him by Speed, himself a three-time GRC champion.

When being interviewed during one of the semi-final heats, Speed mentioned Block by saying, “that guy is always running into someone.” In the post-race interview, a reporter referred to the final round as easy for Speed to which he responded: “That was not easy, I had to brake 50 meters before the first two corners because I was getting plowed in the back by the 43.” He was, of course, referring to Block’s No. 43 Hoonigan Ford. 

Former Subaru rallycross driver and skateboard legend Bucky Lasek, who was commentating, responded with “Scott, tell us how you really feel.”

Block got his word in, though. Being arguably the king of burnouts and donuts, during his post-race interview, Block responded to the applause for his celebratory spins in the infield by saying, “Scott was doing some pathetic donuts, so I had to show the fans what it is really all about.” A hysterically laughing Lasek then commented “Hey, Ken! you should tell us how you really feel,” after saying the same thing about Speed.

Speed’s Andretti Autosport teammate Tanner Foust grabbed the third and final spot on the podium at day’s end. 

Now that the drama has settled, there is a new leader in the Americas Rallycross Championship standings. Speed leads Foust by 1 point, 56 to 55 respectively. Subaru driver Patrik Sandell is in third place, but 16 points behind Foust. He is followed by fellow Subaru driver Chris Atkinson with 29 points and COTA second-place finisher Block who now has 24 points after not participating in the first round at Silverstone. 

The next event on the Americas Rallycross Championship calendar brings the drivers to Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada on August 4-5.

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Scott Speed, Tanner Foust, Volkswagen Heading to Americas Rallycross Series

Andretti Autosport team dominated now-defunct Red Bull Global Rallycross

Last year’s Red Bull Global Rallycross champion Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team with its Beetle Supecars and drivers Scott Speed and Tanner Foust are moving to Americas Rallycross.

The season begins May 25-27 in Silverstone, England, at the new Silverstone Rallycross circuit during the Speedmachine Festival. The Americas Rallycross opener will be held in conjunction with the British round of the 2018 World Rallycross Championship (WRX).

Red Bull Global Rallycross ceased operations in April.

“I’m excited to compete with ARX,” said Scott Speed, driver of the No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle. “The competition is going to be tough, but our Beetles are ready. I think this new series will be a great place to push our team and the cars in 2018.”

Tanner Foust is ready to return to the world stage at Silverstone, having won races in the 2011 and 2012 European Rallycross Championship, the first American to do so. “Having World Rallycross expand its reach to the U.S. is going to make the competition so much more accessible for fans to better understand the sport,” said the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle driver. “ARX will be a great platform to find new fans and spread the word about rallycross.”R

Speed won the last three Red Bull Global Rallycross championships (2016-2018), while Foust won the top drivers’ title in the GRC series with Olsbergs MSE Ford in Ford Fiestas in 2011 and 2012.

The pair will continue to race in the Beetle Rallycross vehicles, which are built by Volkswagen Motorsport in Europe. The cars have been updated to improve their handling characteristics, but will race with the same 2.0-liter 560-horsepower turbocharged engines that propelled the team to success in 2017.

“Our team has been able to achieve great success in rallycross and we look forward to continuing that legacy with the new ARX competition,” said Michael Andretti, CEO Andretti Autosport. “Scott and Tanner are some of the finest drivers on the planet in this motorsport discipline, and our cars are ready and better than ever.”

For information on the livestream of the first round of the 2018 Americas Rallycross on CBSsports.com on May 25, visit www.arxrallycross.com.

After Silverstone, the series will continue with three events:

July TBD, Austin, Texas —  Circuit of the Americas

August 4-5, Trois Rivieres — Canada

September 29, Austin, Texas -– Circuit of the Americas

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Speed Wins 3rd Consecutive Red Bull GRC Championship

Scott Speed clinched his third consecutive Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercars championship in Saturday’s season finale at the Port of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammate Tanner Foust took the race win. 

“The whole week leading up to the race was just thinking about all the what-ifs and all the problems that could happen, even going in with such a big lead,” an elated Speed said after the checkered flag. “But my hat is off — I have the best team out here, and we have great partners. It’s a team effort!” 

Speed and Foust entered the weekend with only 30 points separating them, while Loenbro Motorsports’ Steve Arpin remained alive in the championship hunt as well. Foust pared down the lead to 24 with a perfect trio of heats, setting up a showdown in the final with both drivers on the front row, while Arpin was mathematically eliminated in the early stages of the event. 

Foust won the finale, while Speed recovered from a slow start to climb back to second place in the late stages of the final, while Patrick Sandell finished third. Speed’s runner-up finish gave him the points championship over Foust by an 826-807 margin.

“We snuck qualifying away from Scott, and then there was a little glimmer of hope in the heats,” Foust said after the victory. “Scott had a little bit of trouble, and coming into the final we had a chance to win if Scott was worse than eighth. It’s a big gap, but I was feeling it, and the whole team was hungry for that. But I’m so happy for our team — we had a tough Atlantic City, but since then we’ve won everything we’ve driven up to the line to do, and that’s not easy in this group. Hopefully, we’re going to carry some of that for next year.” 

Full Supercar results from Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles

  1.  Tanner Foust, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross 
  2. Scott Speed, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross 
  3. Patrik Sandell, Subaru Rally Team USA 
  4. Steve Arpin, Loenbro Motorsports 
  5. Cabot Bigham, Bryan Herta Rallysport 
  6. Mitchell deJong, Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE 
  7. Sebastian Eriksson, Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE 
  8. Austin Dyne, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 
  9. Chris Atkinson, Subaru Rally Team USA 
  10. Oliver Eriksson, Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE 

Final 2017 Supercar championship standings

  1. Scott Speed, 826 points
  2. Tanner Foust, 807
  3. Steve Arpin, 743
  4. Sebastian Eriksson, 651
  5. Mitchell DeJong, 640
  6. Oliver Eriksson, 601
  7. Chris Atkinson, 585
  8. Patrik Sandell, 582
  9. Austin Dyne, 562
  10. Cabot Bigham, 473
  11. Austin Cindric, 102 

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All new Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle a Championship Contender

MEMPHIS, Tennessee

Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust opened the 2017 Global Rallycross season with a podium result in Memphis, Tennessee. The two-time series champion earned second place in the all-new Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle. What a great way to start the season,” said Foust. “When you’re racing, you’re either developing your car and pushing forward, or you’re losing. The hard work in the off-season has definitely paid off for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team.”

It was clear from the opening laps this weekend that the Volkswagens were the cars to beat. Foust qualified his 600 horsepower rallycross machine in second, narrowly behind teammate Scott Speed.

Under a new series format that added more races and grouped the competition to encourage closer battles, Foust was a consistent top performer. He won a heat race and took a spectacular start in the semifinal to lead wire to wire and earn a spot on the front row for the main event. In the final, Foust shot off the start and rode the track’s 11-degree bank to the limit before tucking into second place where he prepared to reel in the leader. But when a minor crash behind him left a wrecked car in the racing line, officials flagged the race called the cars back to the grid to start over.

On the restart, the Rockstar Energy Drink driver again worked his way into second place. He kept the pressure on through all 10 laps and crossed the line where he started. “This was a very fast track and it was tricky to set up a pass without taking huge risks,” said Foust. “Kudos to Scott on a great drive and it’s a fantastic day for Volkswagen to earn a one-two finish.” The two-time Global Rallycross champion this year returns to the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team as a favorite for the title. In 2016, he finished second in the points with podium results in six of 12 rounds, including four outright wins.

The Global Rallycross Championship has 12 races on the calendar in 2017, with stops in five exciting new cities as well as a return to familiar fan favorites. Up next for the series is a new stop in Louisville, Kentucky, May 21. Full coverage of all 12 rounds of Global Rallycross competition is on NBC. The Memphis race airs Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m. ET.

Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi joins double GRC Scott Speed at ROC Miami

  • 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi and reigning Global Rallycross Champion Scott Speed will compete at January’s Race Of Champions inside Miami’s Marlins Park
  • Rossi won this year’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie after a tactical masterclass from him and his Andretti-Herta Autosport team
  • Last month Speed retained the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship title that he first won in 2015, racing for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  • Now they join a field for ROC Miami featuring four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel, fellow F1 great Felipe Massa, World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg and ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen
  • The line-up also includes NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, action sports star Travis Pastrana plus Rossi’s fellow Indianapolis 500 winners Tony Kanaan, Juan-Pablo Montoya and Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • Many more driving superstars will be announced in the run-up to ROC Miami on January 21-22, 2017, with tickets on sale at www.raceofchampions.com

This year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi and reigning Red Bull Global Rallycross Champion Scott Speed are the latest names to join the line-up who will compete at the first Race Of Champions on American soil – inside Marlins Park in Miami on January 21-22, 2017.

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Rossi came to May’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie, but he went away with the bottle of milk after a stunning drive coupled with a brilliant fuel-saving strategy from his Andretti-Herta Autosport team. Near the end of the race the young American had to stay out for a total of 36 laps, yet he managed it (pictured below) to become the first American rookie to take home the Borg-Warner trophy since 1928.

Before that Rossi had spent most of his racing career in Europe – in series including Formula BMW, GP3, Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2. In 2012 he made his Formula 1 practice debut, becoming the first American F1 driver since, ironically, Scott Speed. He made his grand prix debut at the 2015 Singapore GP for Manor and contested a total of five races before this year’s triumphant switch to IndyCar. Now he will make his Race Of Champions debut in front of his home fans in Miami.

Rossi said: “I’m honoured to be invited to race in this year’s Race Of Champions. ROC is so well respected in motor sport, bringing together the best drivers from around the world and across every series. This international event is always ultra-competitive and I’m looking forward to the competition and the very first US race venue in Miami. It will also be great to race with my Andretti Autosport team-mate, Ryan Hunter-Reay. I can assure you, neither of us will be holding back.”

Race Of Champions at London's former Olympic Stadium

Speed not only has the fastest name in motor sport, he has also established himself as the man to beat in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship. He sealed his second successive title last month, overhauling rival Tanner Foust at the final round in Los Angeles for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross. But this is only the latest chapter in the American racer’s versatile racing career.

When Speed made his Formula 1 debut for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2006, he was the first American driver to race in a grand prix since Michael Andretti in 1993. He made 28 appearances before losing his seat to Sebastian Vettel, with whom he can resume his rivalry in January. Speed later spent several seasons in NASCAR before his GRC move. Added to appearances in series as diverse as A1GP, IndyCar and Formula E, such a wide mix of experience will doubtless come in very handy at ROC Miami.

Speed said: “I am beyond excited to join the Race Of Champions. Being selected to represent the USA on home soil is such an honour. I have always been a huge fan of this event: having so many greats of motor racing in one place is a very rare thing. I am sure that Miami will prove to be a fantastic host of such a prestigious event.”

Race Of Champions at London's former Olympic Stadium

Rossi and Speed join a star-studded ROC Miami field that features many of the greatest stars in world motor sport. Confirmed racers include four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, fellow F1 star Felipe Massa, ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen, Rossi’s fellow Indianapolis 500 winners Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan, action sports legend Travis Pastrana, NASCAR champion Kurt Busch and double FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg. Even more big names will be announced in the run-up to January’s event.

The Race Of Champions is an annual contest which has been held for over 25 years. It brings together some of the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines – including Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans, MotoGP, Touring Cars, World Rally and action sports – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery. All the racing takes place in a stunning range of superfast cars.

The ROC event is run over two days: first comes the Race Of Champions itself (on Saturday, January 21) featuring a flat-out battle for individual glory. Then on Sunday, January 22 comes the ROC Nations Cup when drivers pair up in teams based on nationality to bid for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Nation’. In 2017, this will see America take on the rest of the world in a special contest in celebration of the host venue.

In recent years, ROC has visited the Stade de France in Paris (2004-2006), London’s Wembley Stadium (2007-2008), the ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium in Beijing (2009), Düsseldorf’s Esprit Arena (2010-2011), the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok (2012), Bushy Park Barbados (2014) and London’s former Olympic Stadium (2015).

Now the event is heading to the United States for the first time to soak up the heat of Miami. Florida’s sports fans will have a chance to watch the speediest action Marlins Park has ever seen as many of the world’s greatest drivers push to the absolute limit on a specially-designed racing track winding its way around the infield and outfield.

But that’s not all. The Race Of Champions has non-stop action from start to finish – featuring stunt shows on four wheels and two wheels plus DJs, cheerleaders and plenty of other entertainment to keep race fans on the edge of their seats.

ROC president Fredrik Johnsson said: “We are thrilled to have Alexander and Scott in our field for the first ever Race Of Champions on American soil. Not only are they the only two US drivers to compete in Formula 1 in the last 20 years, they’ve both put in exceptional performances in 2016.

“Alexander’s rookie victory in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 was a stroke of genius from him and his team. Scott has also become an unstoppable force in the Global Rallycross Championship, winning two titles in a row. They are both exciting drivers to watch and now we hope to see plenty of fans inside Miami’s Marlins Park cheering them on to glory against some of the best in the world.”

Tickets for ROC Miami are now available via www.raceofchampions.com. For access to rights-free high-resolution imagery and to keep up with all the latest news ahead of this year’s event please visit www.raceofchampions.com, Race Of Champions on Facebook plus @raceofchampions and #ROCMiami on Twitter.

Drivers already confirmed for ROC Miami:
Sebastian VETTEL, four-time Formula 1 world champion
Tom KRISTENSEN, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner
Petter SOLBERG, double FIA World Rallycross Champion
Juan-Pablo MONTOYA, 2015 Indianapolis 500 winner
Ryan HUNTER-REAY, 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner
Tony KANAAN, 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner
Felipe MASSA, 11-time Formula 1 grand prix winner
Kurt BUSCH, 2004 NASCAR champion
Travis PASTRANA, action sports legend
Scott SPEED, double Global Rallycross Champion
Alexander ROSSI, 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner

Race Of Champions at London's former Olympic Stadium

Scott Speed Scores Perfect Weekend in D.C.

Check out what went down as Mother Nature soaked the track for Red Bull GRC in Washington D.C.

Volkswagen broke Ford’s two-year podium stranglehold in Washington D.C., this Saturday as Scott Speed took the win and teammate Tanner Foust made a last-lap pass to edge into third and maintain his series lead. Second place went to Ford driver Patrik Sandell, who put in a solid drive on the fast D.C. track on the grounds of RFK Stadium, finishing all three heats in the top three on the way to the final.MORE: Gone in Under Two Seconds: The Cars of Red Bull GRC

Speed celebrates after a perfect weekend on track
Speed celebrates after a perfect weekend on track© LARRY CHEN / RED BULL CONTENT POOL

“Yes! We finally win here!” said an enthusiastic Speed at the finish. The result moves him into second in the points, just six points behind his teammate Foust with four races remaining in the 12-round championship. Speed scored a perfect weekend, earning the top qualifying spot and winning both heats and the semifinal round on the way to his second victory of 2016. He also won the race at MCAS New Riverearlier this month.

Scott Speed leads en route to his first D.C. win
Scott Speed leads en route to his first D.C. win© CHRIS TEDESCO / RED BULL CONTENT POOL

He made it look easy, but the weekend wasn’t without its challenges throughout the field. Early racing was uncharacteristically rough, with Sandell nosing into a tire pack in the first heat of the weekend, teammates-turned-rivals Brian Deegan and Steve Arpin colliding through the first corner and collecting Subaru’s Bucky Lasek in a Round 1 pileup, and Nelson Piquet Jr., back in the series for the first time this year, slamming the wall during qualifying before setting a fast lap.

On Saturday, all cars were back on track and performing well when weather swept through the nation’s capital, leaving the track slick and muddy for the main event. And with a significant shortcut available from the joker and the placement of the big dirt jump on the last corner, the on-track action was intense.In semifinal racing, Sandell saved his joker for the last lap and nearly stole the lead from Foust. In the final, Sandell trailed a smooth and fast Speed to the checkered flag while Foust and Deegan ran door-to-door for most of the 10-lap race.

Fans were on their feet as the longtime rivals Foust and Deegan diced back and forth, with Deegan holding off multiple attacks from Foust. On the sixth lap, a hard-charging Foust spun out but recovered to resume the challenge for the podium. Foust finally found a way past Deegan on the final lap and stole the final spot on the podium.The Red Bull Global Rallycross championship continues in Atlantic City, August 28.

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