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By Steve Breazeale
Capistrano Beach resident Tanner Foust looked to be in good position to challenge for the Ford RallyCross Championships at the 2013 X-Games in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil on April 21 but suffered a bad string of luck as a packed 10-car scramble and dust-up through the first turn ended his chance at a gold medal.
Foust, a veteran RallyCross racer and host of the popular television show Top Gear USA on the History Channel, was among the top qualifiers leading into the event and started in the No. 2 position at the gate.
But a dramatic, and dusty, logjam heading into the first turn of the first lap resulted in several of the extremely fast and expensive cars to crash into one another. Foust could be seen spinning 180 degrees down the track after the crash took place behind him. He was able to gain control and get back into the race, but the damage was already done.
Before the race could become official, the red flag came out, signaling a restart, and the competitors were forced to stop. Pit crews were allowed to try and fix minor damages to the cars but Foust’s was deemed beyond repair and he was unable to finish the race. Foust was one of four racers in the field who did not return to the track following the crash.
American Scott Speed, who started in the pole position, wound up winning the event.
Foust had barnstormed his way to the finals by being the fastest finisher in the seeding session (heat No. 2) and was tops in preliminary heat No. 3 to earn his berth to the championship race.