SPEED SWAPS TO SUBARU FOR ARX
Ex-f 1 driver joins japanese firm for 2019
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.”