The most successful rally driver in X Games history has chosen to remain with Ford for many years to come. Tanner Foust announced a multi-year partnership with Ford Racing for the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC), European RallyCross Championship (ERC) and at X Games 17 in Los Angeles.
Foust has carved a unique niche for himself in the world of action motorsports, showcasing the skills that have made him a three-time gold medalist at X Games, as well as a champion drifter and rally driver. He also has an expanding broadcast career that has seen him host various programs on Speed and is the co-host of Top Gear USA. Foust first drove the Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta at X Games in 2009, in what proved to be a turning point in his career. His experience with the Fiesta and his 2010 exposure to a limited European RallyCross schedule means he will focus on RallyCross fulltime in 2011. He will run the full ten-event ERC schedule as well as the inaugural four-event GRC.
Foust spent several years as a child in Scotland, where he discovered rallying and learned to drive on the country roads near his home. He returned to the US and went into pre-med studies at the University of Colorado, earning a biology degree. He spent his summers at the track, trading seat time in racecars for mechanic work and driver training jobs.
After college, he began working as an ice driving coach, an instructor at automotive marketing events and competing in anything he could, including rally and drifting.
He made the transition to fulltime racing in 1996 and splits his time between Formula Drift, Rally America and now RallyCross. He moved to California to begin stunt driving for Hollywood films such as the Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Dukes of Hazzard, the Bourne Ultimatum, Iron Man 2 and the upcoming Red Dawn.
While Foust will compete primarily in a Fiesta, he was involved in the launch of the 2012 Ford Focus as part of Ford’s Global Focus Test Drive, and will support the upcoming launch of the 2012 Focus ST – the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder version of the Focus due later this year.
Foust is exploring opportunities outside of his global RallyCross program including offroad truck and sports car endurance racing.