Costly Year For X Games RallyCross
Risk Of Racing
A pileup on the first turn at X Games Foz knocked out several RallyCross finalists, wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars in a split second kicking off what is proving to be a costly season of X Games RallyCross.
Scott Speed's NASCAR experience came through on his last-second Joker turn, or shortcut, to pass Toomas Heikkinen for a surprise victory at X Games Foz.
Tanner Foust and Ken Block test the wet track in Barcelona. No amount of tire modification could have provided enough grip to race. The race was cancelled, and two races will be held in Munich.
With each team spending more than $100,000 per race, this heat at X Games Foz do Iguau cost almost $1 million for a shot at a $50,000 first-place prize.
It takes a whole team of professionals to keep these expensive machines running and a few more to keep them ready for the TV cameras.
An entire crew travels to each RallyCross event, significantly adding to the cost of racing. Here, Nelson Piquet Jr. checks on the status of his ride before racing at X Games Foz.
Foust Has Range
Tanner Foust's range as a driver is reflected in his practice, as he takes turns and jumps differently with each lap to learn to react in a variety of conditions.
Airing It Out
It was a weekend of firsts for Scott Speed in Foz do Iguau. Before his debut in RallyCross, the seasoned NASCAR and Formula One driver had never caught air while driving.
Pastrana, Block Pregame In Foz
Ken Block, right, and Travis Pastrana, left, have a chat during RallyCross practice at X Games Foz do Iguau. Both drivers crashed out of the RallyCross final, opening the door for Scott Speed's win.
The Crash In Question
This crash at the start of the RallyCross finals in Foz took out Travis Pastrana, Ken Block and Tanner Foust. Speed seized the opportunity, passing Norwegian driver Toomas Heikkinen in the joker turn to take the lead and the checkered flag.
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Scott Speed celebrates his RallyCross win at Foz before heading to the podium for his first X Games gold medal.