Volkswagen Andretti’s Speed earns season title by six points over teammate Tanner Foust
Brian Deegan snapped a five-year winless streak in Red Bull Global Rallycross competition, while Scott Speed captured his second consecutive Supercar championship, in the season-ending Red Bull GRC Los Angeles presented by Honda on Sunday. One year after just falling short of taking the win in this race on the final lap, Deegan grabbed his first win since joining Chip Ganassi Racing.
“Last year, we came here and were pretty quick, so I was really looking forward to this race,” Deegan said. “We needed to make it happen the last race, because the team has done such a good job all year. We just kept missing a little bit, and we felt like we had a win a few times, and it was eating at me. We really just had to get it done.”
“GRC has given us an incredible series to race in,” said Speed, who beat teammate Tanner Foust for the championship by six points. “The series is growing tremendously, and I just feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to drive for the first time in Brazil three years ago. It feels like just yesterday, but what a ride from that point to where we are now! We’re on the map, we’re a legitimate racing series in this country, and it just feels good to have been part of it from the beginning.”
After a hectic two rounds of heats, Speed managed to cut Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammate Tanner Foust’s Saturday lead from six points to four with a semifinal victory, while Foust had to advance to the main via the last chance qualifier. With a five-point difference between positions in the final, the higher finishing Beetle driver would be champion.
In the main event, Patrik Sandell jumped to the early lead over Speed, while Foust charged to third. All three drivers closed in on one another as the 12-lap main event wound down, with Speed finally making the pass on Sandell for the lead with two to go to give himself a cushion. But it was just seconds later that Deegan dove into the Honda Joker Lap to take the lead and hold on for the victory.