Ex-f 1 driver joins ja­panese firm for 2019

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Hal Ridge

For­mer For­mula 1 driver Scott Speed has switched from the Volk­swa­gen An­dretti Ral­ly­cross team with which he has claimed four straight ti­tles to drive for Subaru’s works ral­ly­cross ef­fort in Amer­i­cas Ral­ly­cross next year.

The for­mer Toro Rosso driver won the first Amer­i­cas Ral­ly­cross ti­tle in 2018 rac­ing a Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle, fol­low­ing a hat-trick of crowns in the now de­funct Amer­i­can-based Global Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship.

He will now join for­mer World Rally Cham­pi­onship driv­ers Pa­trik San­dell and Chris Atkin­son in the Ver­mont Sports Car-op­er­ated Subaru Rally Team USA squad.

“I’m ex­cited to of­fi­cially an­nounce my rac­ing plans for the 2019 sea­son,” said Speed. “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 Us with the Subaru team in the Amer­i­cas Ral­ly­cross se­ries.”

The 35-year old For­mula E podium-fin­isher ap­peared on the podium at each of the four ARX rounds this sea­son, and won twice. He be­gan his cam­paign with a sec­ond place fin­ish at Sil­ver­stone in May to team-mate Tan­ner Foust, but will switch to a Subaru WRX STI with de­vel­op­ment led by Bri­tish en­gi­neer Jonathan Carey for next sea­son. The squad is yet to fin­ish on the podium in the new se­ries.

“Subaru is a team on the rise in ARX,” said Speed.

“I’m also ex­cited to join San­dell and Atkin­son – two of the top driv­ers in the sport, who showed se­ri­ous pace in the WRX STI this sea­son.”

Pho­tos: Howie Fowler, Tom Banks, Colin Casser­ley

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