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.”
In GRC Lites, DirtFish Motorsports’ Conner Martell made up for missing the previous round in Seattle with a clean sweep of qualifying and heats and his third victory of the season. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Alex Keyes, who won this event last year, took second, with fellow DRR driver Christian Brooks completing the podium. Olsbergs MSE X Forces’ Cyril Raymond failed to finish the final, but had already locked up the championship with a race remaining.
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