Rockstar Energy Drink Rally driver, Tanner Foust, kicked off the 2009 Rally America series winning second place at the Sno*Drift rally outside of Atlanta in the upper peninsular of Michigan state. Foust, with co-driver Chrissie Beavis, drove a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon prepared by rally legend, John Buffum's Libra Racing to second place behind Subaru Rally Team USA's Travis Pastrana in a factory 2008 Subaru WRX STI. For Foust and his new team, it was a great way to start the season.
The strategy was to drive a safe race while getting used to the car. By the time he was comfortable enough to start pushing Pastrana had a full minute lead and Foust was three minutes up on third-so playing it safe for second on the podium was the way to finish.
"Driving through a snow bound forest with hardly any time in the Hyundai, our goal was to simply complete the rally and accrue points towards the championship. After a few stages I felt comfortable in the Rockstar Tiburon, and we were able to pressure the pace of the factory team on stage times but it was better to sit back and play it safe." Foust commented. However, a one hundred plus mile an hour spin did keep things interesting on the fifth stage.
Foust will be at the wheel of a brand new Buffum-prepared 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X for the next Rally America round at 100 Acre Wood in Salem, Missouri on February 27th.