Tanner FoustRockStar Energy Drink Syms Racing Rally Team driver Tanner Foust and co-driver Chrissie Beavis surged ahead in the home stretch to take the checkered flag – and the gold – in the Rally Car Racing Super Special competition, the final event of ESPN X Games 13.

This year’s Rally Car Racing competition at X Games, which is sanctioned by the Rally America Championship Series, marked the first time teams raced head-to-head. They did so before a sellout crowd at The Home Depot Center.

Foust and Beavis led early in the final race but lost the lead to Ken Block and his co-driver Alessandro Gelsomino – only to blast forward in the last inches of the course and cross the finish line .68 seconds ahead of Block and Gelsomino.

was leading us going out, and on the way back he must have caught bad breaks because he got really close and I was thinking ‘Oh my gosh, there’s no dust at the finish line, we might have a chance at this,’ ” Foust said afterwards.

“Big finishes somehow always happen at the X Games,” Foust shrugged.

X Games legend and 2006 Rally America champion Travis Pastrana said recently that Rally Car Racing now occupies “99.9” percent of his time. During a semi-final heat, Pastrana crossed into Foust’s lane in a similar push for the finish line, and was disqualified. He finished third after defeating Ramana Lagemann in the bronze-medal round.

“I thought [Foust] might be a little bit ahead – I just totally overtook that corner a little bit, and completely ran right through the barrier,” Pastrana said. “They made a call, and we’ve been on the other side of calls a lot…[w]e’ll take it – we’re still at the podium.”

Rally America points leader Andrew Pinker and co-driver Robbie Durant were eliminated by their RockStar Energy Drink Syms Racing teammates Foust and Beavis in the first round and finished sixth.

The next round of the Rally America Championship Series, the Ojibwe Rorests Rally in Bemidji, Minn., will be held on Aug. 24-25.
Rally Car Racing Super Special Results

Final standings from the ESPN X Games 13 Rally Car Racing Super Special event held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on Aug. 5, 2007.

Driver / Co-Driver / Hometown / Hometown
1. Tanner Foust / Chrissie Beavis / Steamboat, CO / San Diego, CA
2. Ken Block / Alessandro Gelsomino / Encinitas, CA / Los Angeles, CA
3. Travis Pastrana / Christian Edstrom / Annapolis, MD / New York, NY
4. Ramana Lagemann / Mark Williams / Boston, MA / North Potomac, MD
5. Colin McRae / Carolyn Bosley / Lanark, Scotland / Burlington, VT
6. Andrew Pinker / Robbie Durant / Perth, Australia / Oxford, England
7. Paul Choiniere / Jeff Becker / Shelburne, VT / Great Neck, NY
8. Andrew Comrie-Picard / Marc Goldfarb Edmonton, Alberta Canada / Atkinson, NH
9. Boris Said / John Buffum / Carlsbad, CA / Colchester, VT
10. Pat Moro / Mike Rossey / Dublin, OH / Rochester, MI
11. Matt Iorio / Ole Holter / Marlborough, NH / Long Beach, CA
12. Otis Dimiters / Alan Ockwell / Great Neck, NY / Stouffville, Ontario, Canada

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