CarBuzz Q&A with Tanner Foust


You asked, he answered.

Our Q&A guest needs little introduction. He holds numerous championship titles, gold medals and world records gleaned while driving in the XGames as well as with Team Hotwheels. He's worked as a stunt driver on the Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift, Iron Man 2, and the Dukes of Hazzard. And he is currently a host on Top Gear USA. Last week we put out a call to the CarBuzz community to ask Mr. Tanner Foust anything they liked. And the response was awesome. The best of these were presented to Tanner and like a trooper, he answered each and every one of them.

Q. Will we ever get to see a mash up, a get together with theUK Team? It would be a blast to see you race Clarkson. A. It would be great. So far we've only met a few times off camera but I saw what happened to the Aussies in a TG showdown so... I'm pretty sure there would be some payback for the Boston Tea Party involved too. Q. Will you ever go up against the Stig? Who would win? A. The Stig by his very nature is both infallible and unbeatable. Not a good guy to race if you value your self esteem.

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Q. What is the best car you drove while filming season 4 of Top Gear U.S.? A. Well, it wasn't the 1991 Chevy Express Van! You'll have to watch to find out I'm afraid. Q. At what age did you know that you wanted to race cars for a living? How did you get to where you are in your career? A. I didn't know I could make a living in racing until I was in my 20's. I've been the "car guy" in the group (whatever group) since I was 4 or so. The time between was spent boring my friends and family with endless minutia about every sporty looking thing on wheels.

Q. Any suggestions for people who want to start racing? A. Take you best skill outside of racing and use it to get into racing; for example, if you're a good cinematographer, then offer to make some vids for a race team to get into the biz. Or hypnotize a billionaire into funding your driving addiction, but one or the other. Q. How do people that don't know you react when you tell them that you're a professional race car driver? People sort of laugh when I tell them it's what I want to do. A. They usually ask if I race NASCAR!

Q. What do you think makes you one of the best drivers around? A. I'm not sure I'm one of the best drivers but I do get to race and drive a wide variety of stuff. I think this helps me learn new types of racing quickly compared to most. Q. Of all the cars you have ever driven, which scared you the most? A. The scariest car I've driven fast was a home built monster with a 427 in it called the Mllan. It was held together with wood screws and I did 175 in it... geesh!

Q. What is the one thing you've wanted to achieve in your career that has eluded you? A. There are tons of things I haven't done; race in a WRC round, Paris Dakar, Daytona 24 hour, etc. etc. etc. Q. If you were to choose one car from today's market to purchase, which would it be and why? A. I'd probably get a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, not just because it's awesome but it may also be the last great manual Porsche sports car...Uhg.

Q. If you could have any car made, tax free, maintenance free, basically all expenses paid, what would it be? A. I'll have a 1965 Ford GT40 in white please. If you could throw in some racing stripes down the center and add some racing credentials that'd be great. Q. What is the best (stock) engine you've ever experienced? A. I think the E46 M3 inline-six is a great engine. It's not as powerful as the new Mercedes behemoths or even the turbocharged Taurus SHO motor but it's smooth power and torque are liquid under your feet.

Q. When was the last time you got a speeding ticket and what vehicle were you driving? A. NOOO COMMENT! Q. Did you go to a Mexican restaurant in Mission Hills call El Luchador last year? A. Almost positively! Q. Big fan, I'm usually jealous of dudes like you, but you're not a dick, so I'm not. Rally cross is awesome; I hate drifting; don't like style points in racing, what next? A. I wouldn't mind getting into some high level road racing, some more off-road racing and possibly some more Stage Rally Racing.

We would like to send our thanks to Tanner Foust for sharing his time and thoughts with us and the CarBuzz readers. A special hat tip goes out to Walter Schmidly for setting up the Q&A. If you would like to see more of Tanner in action, the new season premiers tonight on the History Channel.

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