In a surprise move, 2018 Americas Rallycross (ARX) champion Scott Speed will move from Andretti Autosport’s Volkswagen team and join with Subaru Rally Team USA for the 2019 ARX season. Scott Speed won’t be driving the familiar red Volkswagen Beetle but will be behind the wheel of a 2019 Subaru WRX STI.
Speed was this year’s ARX champion and Subaru has to be thrilled the top Rallycross driver has made the switch. Speed scored a pair of victories at the Circuit of The Americas and at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Canada and secured the championship in a final-round title-decider. Scott Speed will now defend his title by racing a Subaru WRX STI for SRT USA.
“I’m excited to officially announce my racing plans for the 2019 season. I’ve raced all over the world – Formula 1, NASCAR, Formula E, and a four-year rallycross championship run, including the inaugural ARX title this year – and I’m thrilled that the next chapter for me will be here in the U.S. with the Subaru team in the Americas Rallycross series,” said Speed.
Scott Speed from the U.S., will leave teammate Tanner Foust and join new SRTUSA teammates, Patrik Sandell of Sweden and Chris Atkinson of Australia. “Subaru is a team on the rise in ARX, having been part of rallycross in the U.S. since the beginning,” Speed continued. “At every race I’m amazed at the crowds of fans that show up to support the team. I’m also excited to join Patrik Sandell and Chris Atkinson – two of the top drivers in the sport, who showed serious pace in the WRX STI this season. With the development they’ve put in I know this team can win, and I’m looking forward to bringing home another championship.”
The Subaru WRX STI Supercars has been battling the Volkswagen Beetles since the beginning of the Red Bull Rallycross series and again last year in ARX. Now Scott Speed will use his top driving skills with Subaru.
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