Rallycross is like racing on steroids. Then add a little water a few jumps and it’s an adrenaline rush that mesmerizing. Tanner Foust is one of the top X Games Rallycross racers in the world. And, his car is not like your daddy’s Ford Fiesta
“It’s about $400,000 for one,” Foust said. “It’s all wheel drive, 600 horsepower and goes zero to sixty in just two seconds.”
Foust says driving one of these rockets is like trying to tame a bucking bronco.
“You almost have to tame the car the whole time,” Foust said. “You kind of have to hold the reins on it. The car is so twitchy and violent it’s just begging to drive off the road at any second.”
Then add a little banging with the other drivers in a race at 100 miles-an-hour and it’s like a cage fight.
“I’ve popped both of my shoulders out from wheel to wheel contact,” Foust said. “The steering wheel basically just spins so fast it just twists your shoulder right out.”
Foust will be racing in the first ever rallycross race at Texas Motor Speedway before the IZOD IndyCar Firestone 550. The Hoon Kaboom Texas Rallycross competition with be a qualifier race that leads up to the X Games Rallycross race June 29-July 1. The Texas race will have big X Games names as well like Travis Pastrana, Ken Block, and Marcus Gronholm.
Rallycross has been around for a while in Europe with a huge fan base. The sport started gaining popularity in the United States in 2010 when it was part of the X Games. Foust says the driving is pretty intense. But at the end of the day it’s just a whole lot of fun.
“You can’t help but get out of the car and laugh,” Foust said. “It’s kind of like when you jump a rental car. Sorry. You just start laughing. It’s the 12 year old coming out. And that’s what happens a lot in Rallycross. It’s really fun sport.”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun