08 Apr 2019
Andretti Autosport’s long-rumoured continuation in Americas Rallycross has been confirmed.
The team, which won the inaugural ARX championship last year as well as the final three Global Rallycross titles, will once again campaign a pair of Volkswagen Beetle supercars.
“We’ve had a successful and longstanding relationship with VW and are happy to welcome the support of Volkswagen R into our Rallycross family,” said Andretti Autosport boss Michael Andretti. “We have an exciting driver lineup, which we can’t wait to announce, and are confident that the team and VW will be in a strong position to defend our ARX championship.”
Andretti will run the cars as a privateer operation under the Andretti Rallycross banner, with support from Volkswagen’s R performance division.
“It is great that the Beetles will be back on the ARX circuits this year — it will be a fitting send-off for the iconic Beetle now that production is coming to an end. Affordable performance is a pillar of our brand, which is why Volkswagen R is proudly supporting Andretti Rallycross this season.”
Tanner Foust is expected to remain with the team and has already confirmed to DominikWilde.com that he is working on a deal. A second driver for the team is also known to have already been signed. However, there has been no official confirmation from the team with regards to drivers yet.
“We have great hardwear with Volkswagen, a great team with Andretti, and we’re doing everything we can to keep all of those pieces of the puzzle together,” Foust said earlier this year. “While I’m optimistic about driving in ’19 with a programme that will essentially look unchanged from the outside, behind the scenes there’s been a lot of work to put it together and I’m looking forward to making some kind of announcement.”
Scott Speed, who won the last four US rallycross titles with Andretti left the team for Subaru over the winter amid the uncertainty of the programme’s continuation.
The 2019 season will likely be a swansong for the ultra-successful Beetle Supercar, with its road-going equivalent going out of production this year.
Since its introduction mid-way through the 2014 season, the Beetle has won 27 races out of 45 entered, as well as four consecutive drivers’ titles and a pair of GRC manufacturers’ titles.