Infobox F1 driver
Name = Scott Speed
Nationality = flagicon|USA American
Years = F1|2006–F1|2007
Team(s) = Toro Rosso
Races = 28
Championships = 0
Wins = 0
Podiums = 0
Points = 0
Poles = 0
Fastest laps = 0
First race =
2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
Last race =
2007 European Grand Prix
Last season = 2007
Last position = 21st (0 pts)
Scott Andrew Speed (born
January 24, 1983in Manteca, California) is an American race car driver. Formerly a driver for the Scuderia Toro RossoF1 team, he made his Formula Onerace debut at the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix, becoming the first American to race in F1 since Michael Andrettiin 1993. Speed has currently turned his career towards stock car racing, specifically NASCARwhile still allied with Red Bull's racing program. He currently drives the #2 Red Bull Toyota Camryin the ARCA RE/MAX Seriesfor Eddie Sharp Racingand the #22 Red Bull Toyota Tundrapart time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Seriesfor Bill Davis Racing.
Speed's career started at the age of 10 in
karting, his stint there lasting from 1993until 2001, winning the SKUSA Super Pro Title for JM Racing driving a Tony Kart Swedetech Honda in 2000 2 IKF Grand Nationals driving a 6 year old kart, and 3 IKF regional titles. He also won the 2002 Rock Island GP in 125cc Shifter Karts. He moved up to Formula series in 2001, competing in US Formula Russelland becoming champion. He drove in both the US Barber Formula Dodgeand US Star Mazda Seriesfollowed in 2002, although he failed to win either title, and in 2003 the American drove for the ADR team in British Formula Threeafter winning the Red Bull Driver Searchprogramme. During that year he fell ill with ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease, and was forced to return to the United States for treatment.Scott Speed [http://www.formula1.com/teams_and_drivers/drivers/810/biography.html www.formula1.com] Retrieved 1 July 2007]
2004 saw two championship titles for Speed, though, with him first winning in
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocupand later German Formula Renault. This was despite his worsening colitis, for which Speed faced major surgery. His performances resulted in a drive in the inaugural season of GP2 Seriesfor 2005, as number two for the iSport team to Can Artam. Speed was later promoted to first driver for the team, and ended the season third place in the driver championship standings behind Nico Rosbergand Heikki Kovalainen.
At the end of 2005, Speed drove the first three races of the new
A1 Grand Prixseries for A1 Team USA, achieving a best result of fourth in the Feature Race of the 2005-06 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Portugal, held at the Autódromo do Estoril.
In 2005 at the Canadian Grand Prix, Speed took part as a test driver for
Red Bull Racing; becoming the first American driver to participate in a Formula Oneevent since Michael Andretti's 1993 stint. He was also the test driver for the United States Grand Prix.
Following its purchase of
Minardi, Red Bull Racingannounced the creation of Scuderia Toro Rossowith Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzias its drivers in 2006 season.
After the Australian Grand Prix it looked as if he had scored his and Toro Rosso's first point. Later on however, he had 25 seconds added to his race time dropping him to 9th place for overtaking under yellow flags. He was also fined $5000 for using abusive language during a post-race hearing towards
He finished the San Marino Grand Prix in 15th place. A week later and after a decent run at the European Grand Prix he finished 11th. He retired from the Spanish Grand Prix with an engine failure. And in his first Monaco Grand Prix he finished 13th.
He retired from the British Grand Prix on the opening lap with accident damage after coming together with
Ralf Schumacher. Speed bounced back and ran rather well at the Canadian Grand Prix finishing 10th.
At the United States Grand Prix he qualified a career best 13th only to be taken out in a first-lap collision. In Turn 2,
Juan Pablo Montoyanudged his teammate Kimi Räikköneninto a spin. Montoya then clouted Jenson Buttonwhose front right tyre got caught by BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeldwho was launched into a spectacular triple barrel roll. Speed was caught up in the resulting melee. None of the drivers were injured. Speed could consider himself unlucky, as the traditional high rate of attrition that the US Grand Prix usually sees allowed his teammate Liuzzi to finish 8th, and score the team's first World Championship point.
At the French Grand Prix he finished 10th, matching David Coulthard's pace throughout. It was a brave effort considering Speed was suffering from back pains and breathing problems, stemming from a Friday Practice accident. After crashing during the first knock-out session in Qualifying for the German Grand Prix, Speed battled his way up to 12th in the race. At the Hungarian Grand Prix he finished 11th and 4 laps behind the leader, but it was in very wet and changeable conditions.
At the Turkish Grand Prix, Speed started in 18th, but could only battle to 13th, from 15 classified runners. At the next round, the Italian Grand Prix, Speed qualified a respectable 15th in Scuderia Toro Rosso's home race, but a disappointing race saw him make up just two places and finish 13th.
At the Chinese Grand Prix, Speed qualified a very good 11th place in wet conditions, but an equally wet race saw him slip back to 14th by the end. The next round was the Japanese Grand Prix, which Speed, after a disappointing qualifying, which saw him start the race in 19th. Suffering a power steering failure with five laps remaining, Scott was unable to finish. However, as he had completed over 90% of the race distance, he was still classified.
Finally, at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, Speed had another good race, finishing a good 11th, with 17 cars classified, too, having started down in 17th.
After much speculation, Scuderia Toro Rosso confirmed on 24th February 2007 that Speed had signed to continue driving for the team in the
2007 Formula One season. [cite news| title =Oh yes, and Toro Rosso confirms Speed| publisher =grandprix.com| url =http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns18065.html| date = 2007-02-25| accessdate =2007-02-25] He would once again team up with Vitantonio Liuzzi.
Speed's 2007 season was largely disappointing, punctuated with poor reliability and several crashes. He had two separate collisions with
Alexander Wurzat Silverstone and at Canada which put him out of the race. He then spun off in the wet at the European Grand Prix, in what would be his last race for the team. After the race, it was reported that he was involved in a physical altercation with Team Principal Franz Tost,cite news| title =Scuffle could spell end to Speed's career| publisher =flagworld.auto123.com| url =http://flagworld.auto123.com/en/racing/news/index,view.spy?artid=86843| date = 2007-07-23| accessdate =2007-07-23] although Tost has since denied this. [cite news| title =Franz Tost denies assaulting STR's Speed| publisher =duemotori.com| url =http://www.duemotori.com/news/f1/15407_Franz_Tost_denies_assaulting_STRs_Speed.php| date = 2007-07-24| accessdate =2007-07-24] Speed also went on a verbal offensive against the team, claiming that they wanted to get rid of both him and Liuzzi. [cite news| title =Speed says Toro Rosso want rid of him and Liuzzi| publisher =uk.reuters.com| url =http://uk.reuters.com/article/motorSportsNews/idUKL2389326620070723| date = 2007-07-23| accessdate =2007-07-23] Speed's future with Toro Rosso remained very much in doubt for the rest of that season. The doubts were seemingly calmed after continued testing for the team. From the pre-season through to the Nurburgring, he and the team had endured constant speculation over the status of his tenure in the no. 19 car.
However, it was finally announced before the Hungarian Grand Prix that he had been replaced by BMW third driver, Sebastian Vettel. Perhaps the only shining light in Speed's season was a fighting 9th place at Monaco, just missing out on a championship point.
On 31st July 2007 Speed was released from his contract at
Scuderia Toro Rossoand replaced by BMW Saubertest driver Sebastian Vettel, who is under contract to Red Bull's driver development programme. [cite news| title =Toro Rosso axe Speed for Vettel | publisher = BBC Sport| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/6923940.stm| date = 2007-07-31| accessdate =2007-07-31] Vettel will also race for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2008. Speed has said that no amount of money would get him to work with the Toro Rosso team bosses in the future. [ [http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/61125 autosport.com - F1 News: Interview: Speed hits back ] ] Nevertheless, Speed's relationship with Red Bull as a whole remains good, and he is hopeful of securing a Red Bull-backed drive in the USA for 2008. [cite journal |last=Straw |first=Edd |coauthors=Noble, Jonathan |year=2007 |month=August |title=STR refugees in hunt for jobs |journal=Autosport |volume=189 |issue=7 |pages=p.8]
Infobox NASCAR driver
Name = Scott Speed
Birthdate = birth date and age|1983|1|24 | Birthplace = flagicon|United States Manteca,
Truck_Car_Team = #22 -
Bill Davis Racing
Truck_Wins = 1
Truck_Top_Tens = 5
Truck_Poles = 1
First_Truck_Race = 2008
American Commercial Lines 200(Atlanta)
First_Truck_Win = 2008
AAA Insurance 200(Dover)
Last_Truck_Win = 2008
AAA Insurance 200(Dover)
October 3, 2008
September 20 2007it was announced that Speed would race the No. 21, Red Bull-sponsored Toyotafor Eddie Sharp Racingin the ARCA RE/MAX Seriesat the Talladega Superspeedwayon October 5, 2007. He qualified seventh and finished in the same position. This was Speed's debut in a stock car, as well as his first ever race on an oval track. He is driving full time for Eddie Sharp Racing in 2008, in their #2 car that has been driven by Michael McDowell in 2007. [cite news| title =SCOTT SPEED TO RACE 2008 ARCA RE/MAX SERIES WITH ESR|url=http://www.teamesr.com/092007.html|publisher= teamesr.com|date= 2007-10-04|accessdate=2007-10-23] He has finished in top 8 in 16 races so far, including 4 wins. [cite news| title =Speed's development may be accelerated after test|url=http://www.nascar.com/2008/news/headlines/cup/09/24/sspeed.lms.test/index.html|date= 2008-09-24|accessdate=2008-09-24] Speed made his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Seriesdebut at Atlanta Motor Speedwayon March 7, 2008driving for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports#46 Chevy with Red Bullsponsorship. He recorded his first career Top 10 finish in NASCARin just his second race, when he finished tenth at Martinsville Speedway. On April 25, 2008he won his first ARCArace at Kansas Speedwayin just his fourth start. On April 26, 2008; Speed recorded a back-to-back top ten finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Seriesat Kansas Speedwayby finishing in eighth place in the #22 Red BullToyota for Bill Davis Racing, and won his first career race the followng week at Dover. Two races after his first win, Scott scored another top five at Michigan International Speedway. On July 18, 2008Speed won his second ARCArace at Kentucky Speedway.
Speed currently resides in
Fuschl am See, Austria, where he lives with his girlfriend Valentina Neuhauser. His brother Alex currently races karts in America and is a 3 time Stars of Karting champion and a 3 time SKUSA Supernationals winner.
* [http://www.scottspeed.com/ Official Scott Speed site]
* [http://www.manipef1.com/drivers/2006/sspeed.php Profile and 2006 statistics]
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