VARX Practice Report: Detroit
Rounds five and six, the halfway point of the 2015 Global Rallycross season, will see the sport tackle Belle Isle for its inaugural visit to Detroit. The Belle Isle course features 10 turns and .757 miles of track. The cars split around the James Scott Memorial Fountain, offering numerous passing opportunities and fast, wide-open stretches. After both Volkswagen Beetle’s failed to make the main event in MCAS New River, both VARX drivers look to regain their momentum in the Motor City. Foust and Speed ran 17 laps a piece before all on-track activity was canceled for the day.
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“Although we couldn’t finish today’s sessions, the car was pretty good considering the lack of overall grip on the circuit. We have a few new things we want to try tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens with the Kinetic Vision Beetle. We were fastest in practice today, so hopefully with the changes we will be able to stay on top tomorrow.”
“A doubleheader through a rat maze of concrete involved staying off the concrete – I think that’s the obvious thing. It’s kind of a bumpy surface, so just the slightest little slip off of the line would be a catastrophe, it’s definitely challenging to find the right amount of grip out there. For sure there is a lot to be careful of, but it’s a fast track with a lot of corners you can really attack on. We were fast in practice – I think P5, so that gives us momentum going into tomorrow and hopefully we can put on a good show for the Detroit fans.”