RallyX: Tanner Foust - Ford interview 2010-11-04

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This Week in Ford Racing November 04, 2010 Can Tanner Foust and the Fiesta run the table? This weekend, Foust and the ROCKSTAR Fiesta will look to extend their winning streak in the RallyCar US RallyCross Championship as it heads into its...

This Week in Ford Racing
November 04, 2010

Can Tanner Foust and the Fiesta run the table? This weekend, Foust and the ROCKSTAR Fiesta will look to extend their winning streak in the RallyCar US RallyCross Championship as it heads into its final weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

For Fiesta, the win streak has made it the "must have" car in RallyCross and has showcased the car's driving dynamics and the versatility of the platform. For Foust, the four-race win streak that began at X Games has been affirmation of choices he made with his career earlier this year.

The choice to focus on RallyCross and to run five European RallyCross events in the ROCKSTAR Fiesta has given Tanner a decided advantage in experience against his U.S. counterparts in the early days of the fledgling U.S. RallyCross scene.

"There is no question my experience and seat time in Europe has given me an advantage in the first couple of events," said Foust, who has more gold medals at X Games in rally competition than any other driver. "That said, the advantage is already evaporating. The level of competition has gotten progressively stronger and I anticipate a real battle this weekend for the two events (Saturday and Sunday) at New Jersey Motorsports Park. There are additional drivers and cars from Europe for this event making it the stingiest field yet, but I still feel we still have a significant advantage in the Fiesta."

With everything that has transpired in 2010 with Ford Racing's North American rally program, it is difficult to imagine that 18 months ago this program was little more than an idea. A banner year of on-course success (X Games, RallyCross, Rally America), combined with the announcement of the Ford Racing Fiesta Rally Experience at Team O'Neil and the runaway success of Gymkhana THREE, has elevated the Fiesta's profile in North America all while emphasizing the fun to drive nature of Ford's new B car offering.

This week it was announced at SEMA that Ford Racing would be selling the M Sport R2 kit, which will transform a production based Fiesta into a competition and spec ready entry for the newly announced Fiesta Sport Trophy Championship. That championship will run in the 2WD class of RallyCar's Rally America. The installation of the R2 kits will be handled by Team O'Neil Motorsports, who also run the Ford Racing Fiesta Rally Experience.

"Rally has been a terrific platform for us to promote the Fiesta coming to the U.S.," said Jamie Alison, director, Ford North America Motorsport. "Now with the with the introduction of the R2 kit and the Fiesta Sport Trophy Championship, we have the program in place for rally enthusiasts to buy their Fiesta and prepare it for competition, learn to rally race through the rally school, and then go out and compete. These are the kind of unique driving experiences we attempt to deliver to our customers at Ford."

-source: ford racing

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