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GRC Mid-Season Review: Tanner Foust

Photo credit: Matthew Kalish

No. 34 Rockstar Energy/Etnies Ford Fiesta, Olsbergs MSE

STANDINGS: 1st, 62 points; two podiums, four heat wins

POSITIVES: Foust is the most consistent driver in the GRC this season, and that—plus an injury to teammate Marcus Gronholm that kept him out of X Games and New Hampshire—helps explain his 12-point lead in the championship right now. The only heat race he lost came at X Games, and that was because a clearly superior Sebastien Loeb was in the same draw. If not for Gronholm’s superhuman performances at Charlotte and Texas, nobody would’ve touched Foust in those two races.

NEGATIVES: Being the most consistent finisher doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve been the best driver all season, and Foust has had his share of disappointment. He could only muster sixth place at X Games with Gronholm out, giving him only a five point lead coming into New Hampshire. He had a chance to take his first win of the season there, but stalled in the crossover bridge, handing the lead to Travis Pastrana and eventually falling back to fourth.

OUTLOOK: Having a series champion who fails to win a race is a black eye on any racing series, and Foust could potentially be in that position come the end of September. With that in mind, he’s likely putting an intense amount of pressure on himself to be ready for the final two races of the season. The question is, with Gronholm back and the rest of the field realizing that he is indeed human, if that pressure will lead to dominant performances or crumbling that allows his competitors to climb back into the title hunt.

– Chris Leone

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