Scott Speed

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, 1983 in Manteca, California) is an American race car driver. Formerly a driver for the Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 team, he made his Formula One race debut at the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix, becoming the first American to race in F1 since Michael Andretti in 1993. Speed has currently turned his career towards stock car racing, specifically NASCAR while still allied with Red Bull's racing program. He currently drives the #2 Red Bull Toyota Camry in the ARCA RE/MAX Series for Eddie Sharp Racing and the #22 Red Bull Toyota Tundra part time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for Bill Davis Racing.

Early years

Speed's career started at the age of 10 in karting, his stint there lasting from 1993 until 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 Russell and becoming champion. He drove in both the US Barber Formula Dodge and US Star Mazda Series followed in 2002, although he failed to win either title, and in 2003 the American drove for the ADR team in British Formula Three after winning the Red Bull Driver Search programme. 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 Eurocup and 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 Series for 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 Rosberg and Heikki Kovalainen.

At the end of 2005, Speed drove the first three races of the new A1 Grand Prix series 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.

Formula One

2005

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 One event 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 Racing announced the creation of Scuderia Toro Rosso with Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi as its drivers in 2006 season.

2006

In his debut race at the Bahrain Grand Prix, he finished 13th. A week later at the Malaysian Grand Prix he retired after 41 laps due to a clutch malfunction.

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 David Coulthard.

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 Montoya nudged his teammate Kimi Räikkönen into a spin. Montoya then clouted Jenson Button whose front right tyre got caught by BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld who 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.

2007

Speed's 2007 season was largely disappointing, punctuated with poor reliability and several crashes. He had two separate collisions with Alexander Wurz at 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 Rosso and replaced by BMW Sauber test 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]

tock cars

Infobox NASCAR driver
Name = Scott Speed
Birthdate = birth date and age|1983|1|24 | Birthplace = flagicon|United States Manteca, California
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)
Updated_On = October 3, 2008

On September 20 2007 it was announced that Speed would race the No. 21, Red Bull-sponsored Toyota for Eddie Sharp Racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at the Talladega Superspeedway on 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 Series debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 7, 2008 driving for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports #46 Chevy with Red Bull sponsorship. He recorded his first career Top 10 finish in NASCAR in just his second race, when he finished tenth at Martinsville Speedway. On April 25, 2008 he won his first ARCA race at Kansas Speedway in just his fourth start. On April 26, 2008; Speed recorded a back-to-back top ten finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Kansas Speedway by finishing in eighth place in the #22 Red Bull Toyota 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, 2008 Speed won his second ARCA race at Kentucky Speedway.

Racing record

Career summary

Personal Information

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.

References

External links

* [http://www.scottspeed.com/ Official Scott Speed site]
* [http://www.manipef1.com/drivers/2006/sspeed.php Profile and 2006 statistics]


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