Andretti Rallycross gives its successful machines new paint schemes for the upcoming 2017 season of the Global Rallycross series.
Both of Andretti Rallycross’ drivers in the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship will race with a fresh look during the new season. Scott Speed’s Beetle GRC will now feature the red, white, and green livery from Oberto and Circle K after wearing similar sponsorship at one event last year. Tanner Faust’s Rockstar Energy Drink advertising will also have a revised design. Both cars are on display at the Chicago Auto Show.
Speed is coming off back-to-back series championships in 2015 and 2016, and his Beetle’s new paint scheme should make him easy to spot on the course. The bright red nose and roof catch the eye, and the white doors create an obvious spot for the Oberto branding.
Speed’s teammate Tanner Foust took second place in the championship last year. His updated Rockstar Energy livery is much darker than before. Gray graphics and yellow stripes provide some much-needed color in the design, though.
Andretti Rallycross is the team to beat in the GRC this year. Last season, the crew won eight out of the 12 races and scored the Manufacturer’s Championship in addition to the one-two finish for its drivers.
The first GRC event for the 2017 season kicks off on April 29 in Memphis, Tennessee, and the series finishes in Los Angeles, California, on October 14. A stop in Canada in June is the sole stop outside of the United States.
VW and Andretti Autosport first unveiled the Beetle GRC at the Chicago Auto Show in 2014. With 544 horsepower (405 kilowatts) and all-wheel drive, it was the meanest Beetle around. Replacing the original 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a 2.0-liter unit pushed the reported output to 553 hp (412 kW) and 465 pound-feet (631 Newton-meters).
Volkswagen announced that it would end its factory-backed competition in the World Rally Championship. The company said that it wanted to focus of customer racing projects like the Beetle GRC and the GTI in the TCR series.
More Global Rallycross News:
Gallery: 2017 Volkswagen Beetle GRC Liveries
VOLKSWAGEN ANDRETTI RALLYCROSS REVEALS NEW LOOK FOR 2017
Reigning Red Bull Global Rallycross Champion, Scott Speed, celebrates new partnerships with
Oberto All Natural Beef Jerky and Circle K Convenience Stores, and two-time series champion,
Tanner Foust, unveils a new Rockstar Energy Drink livery on his Beetle GRC
Herndon, VA — Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross is proud to present its pair of Beetle GRC challengers for the
2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship at the Chicago Auto Show. Back-to-back series champion Scott
Speed will celebrate a new partnership in 2017, driving the red,white, and green No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle
GRC for the majority of the season, while two-time GRC champion Tanner Foust will return to action in a newlook
No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC.
The championship-winning drivers will return for their fourth season with the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
team, hoping to achieve similar levels of success to their 2016 campaign. Last year, Speed won his second consecutive Red Bull GRC title, while Tanner Foust set a record of 25 consecutive Heat wins on his way to a
second-place championship finish.
Speed will welcome Oberto All Natural Beef Jerky and Circle K onto his No. 41 Beetle GRC on a more
permanent basis this season. Previously, the company’s branding appeared on Speed’s Beetle GRC for the
Seattle round of the 2016 championship.
“I’m super excited to have Oberto on the car this year, and I’m sure that we’ll share some of the same success
we were able to enjoy together last year,” said Speed. “We’ve been working really hard to improve our cars
over the off-season, and I can’t wait to get to racing so we can defend our title again.”
Rockstar Energy Drink returns as a partner with Tanner Foust for the 12th straight year in 2017. This season,
the No. 34 Beetle GRC will feature a darker livery, incorporating symbols of the Rockstar brand, accented with
yellow highlights. “It feels like the 2016 season ended a long time ago, so I’m really eager to get back behind
the wheel of this ferocious machine,” said Foust. “Last year we had a lot of great results, and I’m confident
that with all our hard off-season effort we can be up at the front of the field again in 2017.”
In its brief, three-year history, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team has swiftly become a dominant force
in Red Bull Global Rallycross. By winning eight of 12 races in 2016, the squad earned Volkswagen its first ever
Red Bull Global Rallycross Manufacturer’s Championship and achieved a second-consecutive driver’s title for
Scott Speed. Overall, the team has amassed 18 wins and 16 other podium finishes in the series.
“We are extremely proud of the success the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross program has achieved so far,”
said Vinay Shahani, Volkswagen of America SVP, Marketing. “Our Volkswagen Motorsport partners in Germany
and the Andretti Autosport team in Indianapolis have been focused on accomplishing even more in 2017, and
we look forward to celebrating the triumphs of Scott, Tanner, and team in the coming season.”
The 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship will consist of 12 races spread across eight venues across
North America. The season will begin Saturday, April 29 in Memphis, TN.
SUPERCAR TELECAST SCHEDULE
Round Location Event Air Date Time (ET) Network
1 Memphis, Tenn.
Qualifying April 29 12 p.m. NBCSN
Finals April 30 1 p.m. NBC
2 Louisville, Ky.
Finals May 21 1 p.m. NBC
3 Thompson, Conn.
Finals June 3 5 p.m. NBC
4 Finals June 4 5 p.m. NBC
Finals June 17 10 p.m. NBCSN
6 Finals June 18 4 p.m. NBC
7 Indianapolis, Ind.
Qualifying July 8 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
Finals July 9 8 p.m. NBCSN
8 Atlantic City, N.J.
Finals August 12 5 p.m. NBC
9 Finals August 13 4:30 p.m. NBC
10 Seattle, Wash.
Finals September 9 4:30 p.m. NBC
11 Finals September 10 4:30 p.m. NBC
12 Los Angeles, Calif.
Qualifying October 13 3 p.m. NBCSN
Finals October 14 4:30 p.m. NBC
For more information, visit @grcseries or www.redbullglobalrallycross.com.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
(VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in
Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and
vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and
its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the
world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle
Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles
through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or
media.vw.com to learn more.
This press release and images of the Beetle GRC and the VARX drivers are available at media.vw.com. Follow
About Andretti Autosport
Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport boasts a wide racing
portfolio rooted in tradition and designed for success. Together with Andretti Formula E and Volkswagen
Andretti Rallycross, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IndyCar Series and Indy Lights, along with
entries in the FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross. The company boasts four IndyCar Series
championships (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008, 2009), one Pro Mazda championship
(2013) and one USF2000 championship (2010) and has captured victory at the famed Indianapolis 500 four
times (2005, 2007, 2014, 2016). Additionally the team holds two X Games Gold Medals and twoGlobal
Rallycross championship (2015, 2016). To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at
AndrettiAutosport.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti.