Tanner Foust Wins Big In Vegas

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Published on October 02, 2012 with No Comments

Tanner Foust wrapped up one title and edged closer to another at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the fifth round of the 2012 GRC. Taking a heat win and the final over teammate, and title rival, Brian Deegan, Foust now leads in his quest for a second successive GRC title by six points following the calculation of dropped points. Heading toward the season-ending showdown at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas on October 30th, Foust has 72 points to Deegan’s 66.  They are the only two with a shot at the title.

Foust also came away with an additional $25,000 in his pocket having won the three-race Discount Tire-America’s Tire Cup.

“This was a critical victory,” said Foust. “The title fight is very competitive and to gain three more points on my teammate Brian Deegan puts me in a good position heading into the season finale.”

Deegan fought hard all weekend long, also taking a heat race win and the critical bonus point that comes with it, but ended up a half-step behind Foust.

“Topi (Heikkenen) went long in the shortcut and I got under him and right on Tanner, and just watched him” said Deegan. “I thought, ‘The money is right in front of you, just lay cool.’ I was trying, trying, trying and not making any mistakes. Tanner was pushing a little wide in the dirt. I thought if I could just get under him, but he had enough gap on me and all I could do was watch him slip away.”

Making a welcome return, albeit on the sidelines, to the GRC Rally Park was Marcus Grönholm, who was in the unaccustomed role of spotting for Foust.

“It was an unexpected bonus to have Marcus Grönholm as my spotter this weekend. It was great to work with him,” said Foust. “He knows my driving, he knows the car very well and he’s succinct in his delivery. Plus, he’s one of the best drivers in the world. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to have on my radio.”

After much trying and persistence, Subaru PUMA Rallycross at last made a GRC podium in 2012 with Sverre Isachsen taking third place. For a team that is accustomed to winning on the stage rally scene, rallycross success has been hard to come by. The team is showing that it is making strides. Isachsen made a direct transfer to the Final by finishing second in Heat 1A while Bucky Lasek had to fight his way into the main by taking the final transfer spot in the LCQ. Lasek finished the night in eighth place overall.

Also putting in a very strong performance over the weekend was the Hyundai Rallycross / Rhys Millen Racing duo of Rhys Millen and Stephan Verdier.  Millen was able to make the Final having finished second place in Heat 1C while Verdier had to go through the LCQ, finishing in third place to make the Final. Both drivers charged hard, and made great strategic advantage of the Shortcut to earn fifth and sixth place overall for Verdier and Millen in that order.

Toomas “Topi” Heikkenen drove like the future star that he will surely be to finish in fourth place overall on his return to competition following his X Games accident. Throughout the weekend, he demonstrated turns of speed that put everyone on notice.

During the first heat of the evening privateer driver Richard Burton suffered a suspected mechanical issue the sent him teetering over the edge of the gap jump. He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with displaced vertebrae.

The final round of the 2012 GRC takes place as the kick-off for the 2012 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center on October 30th

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