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LAS VEGAS – With a first-place finish at Global Rallycross Championship Round 5 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Tanner Foust clinched his third podium this season in the Rockstar Energy Etnies / OMSE Fiesta and secured the Discount Tire-America’s Tire Cup.
“The win was good, it’s a load off my shoulders,” said Foust. “This is an indication that I’ve been fast all season but wasn’t able to take the win until now. It’s important to win when you have the fastest car and I know I did, so it’s rewarding.”
Foust dominated the field with the fastest time at the seeding session and took the win in the first heat. The main event was no challenge for Foust as he piloted his Fiesta around hairpin turns lined with dirt, over the 70-foot gap jump and sped to a stellar finish through the car wash.
“It was amazing to see after seeding that the entire field of cars was almost within a one second of each other which shows you how close it really is and I really needed to pay attention to stay ahead,” said Foust.
The victory also clinched the 2012 GRC manufacturer championship for Ford, marking the second consecutive season the title has gone to the Blue Oval.
“Ford was really the first player on a manufacturer level in this space, Rallycross in the US and X Games,” said Foust. “The fact that they are rewarded for taking the leap and risk in a new edgy sport, it makes sense and they deserve it. The Fiesta has been a pretty dominate car in this series because the racing requires an extreme amount of agility. A diverse talent set is really required out of the car in order to handle gravel, jumps, sliding, crashing and the Fiesta has proven its capability, world-wide, of those different skill sets which is why Ford has taken the championship.”
Brian Deegan closely followed Foust finishing less than two seconds behind him and taking second place for the 1-2 Fiesta podium. Deegan has had three third place finishes and clinched his fourth podium with the second place finish Saturday.
“It almost felt like first but not good enough,” said Deegan. “I wanted the win so bad but I was concentrating on saving my clutch so I’ll have to be more prepared next time. The seat time at these events has been the indicator of my improvement and I’m pumped I’ve been able to strengthen my driving so much this season.”
Fiesta has not missed a podium this season, clinching three first-place, four second-place, and three third-place finishes. With every Global Rallycross Championship heat and main event wins with a Ford adds to the Manufacturers Standing. The strong finish at Round 5 resulted in Ford accumulating more points than any other manufacturer and ultimately clinching the championship which will be awarded at SEMA late October.
“Ford deserves to get honored in rally, they were really the first ones in it and it proves we have the winning team,” said Deegan. “The series is just getting bigger and better with the competition reaching new levels but Ford is also one step ahead and the team I want to be on.”
The championship is the latest accomplishment for Fiesta which has had a dominating presence in the series with two teams, Olsbergs MSE and Monster World Rally, combining for six entries.
The GRC will cap the season with its final round at SEMA in late October.