For somebody who hasn't raced regularly since 2007, Marcus Gronholm quickly established himself in the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC).
Gronholm, a two-time WRC champ who won the inaugural GRC SuperRally on Friday, dominated the GRC field by capturing the Global RallyCross Championship AWD RallyCross finale, giving him a clean sweep of the weekend.
Gronholm won the six-car finale in the Best Buy Ford Fiesta, edging his Ford teammate Tanner Foust into second in his Rockstar Fiesta. "It was a nice weekend for me and for the team," said Gronholm. "I am happy that my Fiesta worked very in the final. It was easy to drive and I was quite confident. When I took the start I knew that if I kept my line, I could hold the lead and Tanner couldn't pass me. I had a lot of fun and I would love to race X Games. Whether I race any GRC events between now and X Games has yet to be decided."
Tanner Foust was the pre-race favorite, according to Gronholm and most rally experts. He finished the weekend with a pair of podium results, including a second place in the RallyCross event.
"What a final," said Foust, who is the defending X Games champ in RallyCross and SuperRally. "I know I am not the first one who just couldn't catch Marcus Gronholm. He just disappeared, and by the first corner his Fiesta was a little bit out of reach, and even though I had the fastest splits on the Joker lap, I fell behind. I was impressed with the first weekend of the GRC."
The Global RallyCross Championship will return to action outside Seattle, Washington April 15-16.