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TEAMMATE VS. TEAMMATE: SCOTT SPEED VS. TANNER FOUST

(via Red Bull Global Rallycross)

When Volkswagen USA and Andretti Autosport partnered for a two-car assault on the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship in 2014, the idea was to become as competitive as possible, as quickly as possible. One of the best ways for a new race team to accomplish that in any series is to grab the best driving talent available, which the new unit did immediately with Tanner Foust, the two-time Supercar champion, and Scott Speed, one of the fastest newcomers to the sport in 2013.

At the conclusion of year two of the partnership, the moves have paid off in a big way. The team’s Beetle has become one of the best cars in the series after two years of intensive development, while Speed and Foust have taken five of 11 wins on offer to set up a head-to-head showdown for the title in Las Vegas—guaranteeing Volkswagen’s first championship in the five-year history of Red Bull GRC. They’ve shown no signs of looking back, either, as the team is contractually locked in through the 2017 season.

So, how do the two remaining title contenders stack up against one another? We’ve got the goods, right here:

Vitals

Driver Scott Speed Tanner Foust
Date of Birth January 24, 1983 June 13, 1973
Hometown Mt. Holly, NC Dana Point, CA
Car Number 41 34
First GRC Season 2013 2011
First Season with Team 2014 2014

 

2015 Season

Driver Scott Speed Tanner Foust
Championship Rank 1st 2nd
Points 412 376
Races 11 11
Victories 2 3
Podiums 7 5
Average Start 4.4 4.0
Average Finish 4.5 5.0
Heat Victories 9 6
Final Appearances 9 10

Career

Driver Scott Speed Tanner Foust**
Points 850 947
Races 30 44
Victories 7* 8
Podiums 12* 20
Heat Victories 27 34

*does not include non-points victory at X Games Austin in June 2015
**includes results of races contested under GRC sanctioning in head-to-head Supercar support championship in 2011

 

Milestones

Driver Scott Speed Tanner Foust
First Start April 20, 2013
(X Games Brazil)
March 25, 2011
(Irwindale Speedway)
First Victory April 20, 2013
(X Games Brazil)
April 16, 2011
(Old Mill Adventure Park)
First Podium April 20, 2013
(X Games Brazil)
March 25, 2011
(Irwindale Speedway)
First Heat Victory April 20, 2013
(X Games Brazil)
April 16, 2011
(Old Mill Adventure Park)
Best Championship Finish 3rd (2014) 1st (2011, 2012)

 

 

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