Scott Speed Sweeps Red Bull GRC Doubleheader in LA

Having taken the win on Saturday, Scott Speed carried that momentum into Sunday at round nine of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship in Los Angeles, topping qualifying and making the sweep that much more possible. The rest of qualifying looked much the same, with Speed able to walk through his heat and semi-final with wins in each to secure the crucial spot on the front row for the final.

Scott Speed in the lead in LA (Pic: Larry Chen)
Scott Speed in the lead in LA (Pic: Larry Chen)

A great start for Speed in the Supercars final carried him to a key holeshot, a huge factor in his fight for the sweep. Ken Block and Brian Deegan would trail Speed through lap one as the field sorted itself out. Trouble for Block early in the race ended his hopes for a win, and jeopardized his run for the 2015 GRC title, as the entire field got around.

Through the race, Speed continued to lead as Deegan followed, the two separating themselves from the pack. Tanner Foust had inherited the final podium spot from Block, but as the race reached the halfway mark, Foust was pressured and then passed by a charging Patrick Sandell, who made use of his laps in the LCQ to scope out some fresh lines on the track.

Laps continued to tick off as Deegan hounded Speed, and in the late moments of the race Deegan reached striking distance, but was unable to make a move stick, instead trading a lot of paint with Speed’s bumper as the leader steadfastly navigated the final lap to the checkered flag, securing the sweep of the doubleheader in Los Angeles. Brian Deegan embraced the strong second place finish, with Foust edging Sandell at the line to round out the podium.