Rockstar Energy Drink and Etnies have launched a brand-new, documentary series on YouTube featuring one of action sports’ biggest stars, Tanner Foust. The Colorado native is probably best known as co-host of Top Gear on History Channel and was once the yin to Paul Tracy’s yang on SPEED’s Battle of the Supercars. However, he’s also managed to make a name for himself as a serious competitor on the European Rallycross Championship circuit. This is not an easy task, given that he’s the only American driver and the US is not exactly a rallycross powerhouse. Foust is also perched safely at the top of the Global Rallycross Championship standings.
When he’s not tearing up rallycross tracks around Europe, or NASCAR tracks in the US with the GRC, you’d probably find him on a movie-set because he’s also a professional stunt driver with a very impressive résumé. We’re not done yet, because if he’s not doing any of those things, then he’s at the Hot Wheels facility where they plan and test for their world-record stunts. Or filming and/or promoting new episodes of Top Gear for Season Three. Despite such a hectic schedule, he still finds time to revisit his old stomping grounds at Formula Drift. Phew! I just wrote all that and have the sudden desire for a Lucozade, Red Bull, Rockstar, coffee, nap. Let’s get back to Life in the Foust Lane, shall we?
The series debuted on Thursday July 26, 2012 and most of it was devoted to exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the Ford-sponsored Octane Academy’s season finale. Filming covered two days at as many locations and viewers got a good look at just how much input Foust, Ken Block, Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Brian Deegan had on the planning and execution of the competition. A look at any one of Foust’s Ustream video chats, and it’s apparent that there’s no hesitation to impart his knowledge of the industry to receptive ears. His interview segments in Episode “Octane Academy Part 1” reinforce that quite well. Foust is comfortable on-camera, especially when he gets into the nuts and bolts about his job. His exponentially increasing fan brigade will also be entertained with sillier moments like his rental-car defilement theory. (You’re not alone on that one, dude.)
Production values on this episode were high. The HD photography was impressive which included tracking shots combined with herky-jerky handheld camera movements, which made sense since the car was tearing around a rally course at the time. None of it felt gimmicky or cheap. The soundtrack was well chosen and the tracks transitioned smoothly. It may have been a stroke of genius for the first episode to give all the sponsors such a neat almost nine-minute package, but there you go. If this is what taking a career to the next level looks like, then it looks pretty darned good. It will be interesting to see what else this motoring-marvel will reveal. My fingers and toes are crossed for some ERC action. The next episode hits the web on August 9, 2012. In the meantime, just in case you missed it, here’s the very first episode of Life in the Foust Lane. Enjoy!