VARX Race Report: Ft. Lauderdale
Photographer: Alison Merion
NO. 41 SHARK WEEK BEETLE
- The Shark Week Volkswagen finished both heat rounds in the pole position during the first round of the Global Rallycross Championship in Ft. Lauderdale
- The California native started from the third grid position and walked away with a second-place finish in the season opener
"Today started off well, we won our heat race early this morning and entered the semifinal in the pole position. During the semifinal the No. 41 got a little beat up, so we had to fight back in the final. We fought back from fourth place to finish second and get some valuable points toward the championship. Last year we learned that you can’t just win a bunch of races, but you have to finish a bunch of races. We were able to take a not so good situation and at least turn it into some points and hopefully we can carry that momentum into XGames and Daytona. Now we just need to bump it up on step on the podium."
NO. 34 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK BEETLE
- After suffering an issue in yesterday's heat round, the Colorado native had to fight back from the last position to make it through today's Last Chance Qualifier
- The two-time Global Rallycross Champion brought the No. 34 Volkswagen to the checkered flag in the fifth position
"It was a very exciting day two in Ft. Lauderdale, round one of the Global Rallycross season. After the first issue during yesterday’s heat round, I got positioned in the back and eventually went into the LCQ. I wouldn’t normally be very happy about a fifth place finish, but the takeaway from this weekend is pretty strong. Qualifying first and second with the Beetle against unknown competitors from the high echelons of American motorsport shows just how capable our Volkswagen Andretti team is and will be this year. Day two was certainly a battle and the final was very difficult. After getting pushed wide in the Turn 1, I sat in the ninth position after the first lap and fought hard to come back and finish fifth."