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.”

Watch: Ride Along with Scott

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.

Champion driver Scott Speed joins Rockstar Energy Drink for 2016

IRVINE, California

Defending Global Rallycross champion Scott Speed is joining the Rockstar Energy Drink family in 2016. The American driver will unveil his new Rockstar Energy Drink helmet at the rallycross season opener in May.


“I’m super excited to be working with Rockstar Energy Drink,” said Speed. “It’s great to partner with a company that is so committed to so many different forms of racing. I love what they’re doing right now with us in rallycross and with their efforts in supercross and off-road truck racing — and everywhere else. I’m happy to be part of the team.”

Under the new partnership, Speed will wear a Rockstar Energy Drink helmet in all motorsport competition. The driver, who has competed in the top ranks of professional racing around the world and won the 2015 Global Rallycross Championship title, will continue to focus on the rapidly growing action motorsport this season.

“Scott is an amazing driver who has been successful at a lot of different racing disciplines,” said Michael Kelso, marketing director at Rockstar Energy Drink. “He’s extremely talented and a great ambassador for our brand. We’re proud to add another champion to our roster this year.”

Speed returns this year for a third full season with the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team alongside teammate Tanner Foust. He said he is looking forward to seeing how the team’s Volkswagen Beetle GRC cars stack up against the competition after a strong off-season development campaign.


“Last year was the first full year with the new Beetle GRC and we put a lot of work into making the car reliable and strong,” said Speed. “Now we’re able to focus on making it faster and I’m excited to see how all our hard work is going to pay off. I think we’ll be on full attack from the first race.”


Speed joined Beyond Marketing Group’s specialist motorsport division as a client in 2013 shortly after he began competing in rallycross. In addition to racing, the company is focused on brand strategy, trend forecasting, social media, event production and media buying. Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust, is also a longtime client.


“We’re very happy that Scott chose to work with Beyond Marketing Group for his move into action motorsport and we’ve enjoyed working together with him to take his career to the next level,” said Fred Chang, vice president of marketing at Beyond Marketing Group. “I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

2016 GLOBAL RALLYCROSS SCHEDULE
May 21 – Phoenix, AZ (I)
May 22 – Phoenix, AZ (II)
June 4 – Dallas, TX
June 18 – Daytona Beach, FL (I)
June 19 – Daytona Beach, FL (II)
July 2 – The Base (I)
July 3 – The Base (II)
July 30 – Washington, DC
August 28 – TBA
September 17 – Seattle, WA
October 8 – Los Angeles, CA (I)
October 9 – Los Angeles, CA (II)

ABOUT SCOTT SPEED
Defending Global Rallycross champion Scott Speed is a former Formula One driver who became the first American in Formula One since Michael Andretti when he joined Scuderia Toro Rosso for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He returned to the U.S. to race NASCAR and opened his rallycross career in 2013 with a win in his X Games Brazil debut.

He turned his attention to rallycross fulltime in 2014 when he was named to the factory Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Team. He saw strong results in his first full season and went on to win the 2015 title with a record of eight podiums in 12 rounds, including back-to-back wins at the Los Angeles doubleheader.


Speed began his career in karting, progressing to winning campaigns in Formula Russell, Barber Formula Dodge and the Star Mazda series. He won a driver search in 2002 that led him to compete in British Formula Three. He won the German Formula Renault and Eurocup championships and competed in GP2 before being selected for the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One squad.


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 BEYOND MARKETING GROUP
Beyond Marketing Group is a full-service marketing agency focused on connecting brands with consumer passions. Its staff of experienced industry insiders leverages a comprehensive understanding of the youth market to define and create next-generation campaigns. Since its inception in 2003, Beyond Marketing has produced hundreds of unique marketing initiatives integrating automotive, music, sport, and lifestyle elements for Fortune 500 clients including Toyota, Harley Davidson and Pepsi.


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 and Indy Lights, 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). Additionally the team holds two X Games Gold Medals and one Global Rallycross championship (2015). To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at AndrettiAutosport.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti.


ABOUT ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK
Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles — from athletes to rockstars. Available in over 25 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in more than 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through action sports, motor sports, and live music. For more information visit www.rockstarenergy.com.

Scott Speed Captures 2015 Red Bull GRC for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Team

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Speed earns his first GRC championship, with a third-place finish, and the inaugural crown for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross In the glow of the iconic Las Vegas strip, Scott speed and the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) celebrated the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) championship after a frenetic season finale that saw mother nature wreak havoc on the season-ending track. The third place finish for the driver of the no. 41 Orafol Volkswagen beetle GRC secured the championship win, earning the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team its first championship victory; in only its second season of competition. Tanner Foust earned a third place finish in the championship standings, adding to the incredible performance of the VARX team for the 2015 season.
 
i’m at a loss for words when it comes to describing how it feels to Win the championship this season,” said Speed, soon after crossing the finish line in Vegas. “the whole Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team has worked so hard for this result; I’m Incredibly proud of this team and am so happy to have been able to bring home the top spot for them.” Tanner Foust added to his extensive resume of global Rallycross Achievements by claiming third place in the 2015 championship standings, with a ninth-place finish in Las Vegas. After contact with the wall on lap one of the final, Foust managed to pilot his No. 34 Rockstar energy drink Volkswagen beetle to the checkered flag in ninth place, securing command of the 2015 championship podium. “it was a difficult event here in Las Vegas, but i’m so proud of the entire VARX team for the efforts they’ve put in this year. They’ve made our season so, extremely successful,” states Foust.“third in the championship obviously isn’t what we were hoping for, but I can’t wait to start next year, continuing the success we’ve found in 2015. Congratulations to Scott—i’m glad he could join the GRC champions club, but we’ll be gunning for him next year!” With five victories in the 2015 season, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross surpassed all other teams, in only its second year of competition. The first full year of running for the Volkswagen beetle GRC proved the platform’s competence, reliability, and Speed; earning the iconic model its place in the Global Rallycross record books.
 
“This was a challenging season, but a hard-earned one that the VARX team is extremely proud of,” said Clark Campbell, general manager experiential marketing Volkswagen of america, inc. “the Beetle GRC cars, with Scott and tanner behind their wheels, have proven themselves a champion, and a fan-favorite. I would also like to thank the organization behind the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship. It is not an easy task to stage these events, but the increased viewership and media attention demonstrate that GRC is a series to be taken seriously, and one we are proud to be a part of.”
 
Available now, the VARX Supercars app is free to download for IOS and android users, providing race fans with the perfect mobile companion to every race weekend. Users can stay up to date on schedules, session results, and live timing and scoring all in the palm of his or her hand. Search “VARX Supercars” in the app store or on google play to download.
 
About Orafol Americas inc.
Orafol Americas inc., a subsidiary of Orafol Europe GmbH, is a leading global manufacturer of premium vinyl graphic products, reflective solutions and adhesive tape systems used in the signage, graphics, industrial and traffic and safety applications. The company’s distribution network spans the united states, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. 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 and follow along on twitter via @followandretti.

Speed Sweeps Los Angeles Double Header with Two First Place Wins

Speed sealed the deal in Los Angeles, stealing his second first-place finish of the Global
Rallycross doubleheader weekend.

The California-native now sits in the second position in the championship point standings
after his podium sweep in Los Angeles.

“It’s been a great weekend, obviously at the beginning of the season we struggled a bit, but with a new program like this you’re bound to have problems and we have had them. I think our
Beetles are dialed in, they are fast and durable, so I see us as a major threat for the championship. I couldn’t be happier, I feel so lucky to be able to drive this Merchant First Beetle and I have a great teammate, a great team and I cannot say enough good things about Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross.” – Speed

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross and Scott Speed Sign Contract Extension

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.”

Available now, the VARX Supercars app is free to download for iOS and Android users, providing race fans with the perfect mobile companion to every race weekend. Users can stay up to date on schedules, session results, and live timing and scoring all in the palm of his or her hand. Search “VARX Supercars” in the App Store or on Google Play to download.

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.