LOS ANGELES, CA - Racing driver and TV host Tanner Foust will vie for the win in his Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta at the Global RallyCross Championship season-opener, "The Revolution," March 25-26 at Irwindale Speedway, outside of Los Angeles.
Foust, who earned a pair of gold medals at the 2010 X Games competitions and finished on the podium at all three US rallycross competitions late last year, is one of the favorites to win the event. "Rallycross is like driving in a real-life videogame," said Foust. "The cars and drivers are mean and aggressive, and it's an incredible challenge; I'm looking forward to getting back into the driver's seat."
The race, broadcast on ESPN2 and live on ESPN3, will see drivers from the top ranks of action sports and rallycross in the United States and Europe battle for the inaugural Global RallyCross Championship title. The event this Friday and Saturday will take place on a mixed dirt and tarmac course and feature a 70' gap jump, seen for the first time outside of X Games Rally competition.
Among Foust's key competition are two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm, in a similarly prepared Ford Fiesta, Hyundai-backed Rhys Millen and five-time British rally champion Marcus Dodd. Gronholm said recently he thought Foust was the driver to watch out for.
"Since I would rank Marcus Gronholm in the top-five drivers worldwide, having him label me as the guy to beat is quite an honor," said Foust. "The problem is, I know how good his Ford Fiesta is since I have the same one!"
Foust returns to competition in 2011 in an all-wheel drive Rockstar Energy Rallycross Ford Fiesta prepared by champion Andreas Eriksson's Olsbergs MSE Ford team. The all-wheel-drive car is fast and nimble, featuring a 550 horsepower engine and two second 0-60 mph acceleration times.
Foust is focusing his competition efforts on rallycross and X Games competition in the United States and Europe this season. He will become the first American to contest the European Rallycross Championship title in 2011, and will vie for the inaugural Global RallyCross Championship in six races held over three weekends in the United States. He also plans to return to X Games 17 this summer in Los Angeles to defend the double gold medals he scored in 2010.
Rallycross is a blend of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition. It promises intense crowd-pleasing action in a fan-friendly track environment. Six drivers line up to start at once, piloting high-horsepower compact cars through race traffic over a challenging short course that features jumps, unbanked turns, hills and transitions between pavement and gravel.
Foust will next travel to a rural-industrial complex outside of Seattle, WA, for Round 2: Twin Peaks (April 15-16), and open the European Rallycross season with a race at the Lydden Hill Race Circuit April 24-25 in Wootton, England