Scott Andrew Speed ( born January 24, 1983 in Manteca, California) is an American race car driver. He started in 2006 and 2007 in Formula 1 and was active in NASCAR.
- 3.1 Individual results in the GP2 Series
- 3.2 Statistics in Formula 1 3.2.1 Individual Results
Beginnings in motorsport
The career of Scott Speed started at the age of 12 years in karting, with whom he worked between 1995 and 2000 before he ascended into the Formula 2001 series and in the U.S. Formula Russell Champion. He drove in both the U.S. Barber Formula Dodge and 2002 in the Star Mazda Series, where he could not win the two titles. In 2003 he started for the ADR team in British Formula 3 2004 Scott Speed won two championship titles: the first in the Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup and the second in the German Formula Renault.
He could drive in 2005 in the inaugural season of the GP2 Series for the iSport as the number two team in addition to Can Artam Due to its good performance, and later he became the first rider of the team. He played a total of 13 races, achieved a pole position and finished the season with 67.5 points, third behind Nico Rosberg and Heikki Kovalainen from. During the Grand Prix of Canada 2005 Scott Speed worked as a test driver for Red Bull Racing and became the first American driver since Michael Andretti, who took part again in a Formula 1 weekend. In addition, Scott Speed took in the same year for Team USA in the A1GP racing series part.
After Red Bull Racing Minardi had taken over, they announced the establishment of the Scuderia Toro Rosso Scott Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi as drivers. At the Australian Grand Prix 2006, he reached the eighth driver took the checkered flag and thus for the Scuderia Toro Rosso first one championship point. Later this placement, he was denied because he had passed during one of the numerous safety car phases. The eighth place (and thus the championship point ) was awarded to David Coulthard, the first driver of the parent team Red Bull Racing. Because he insulted the Scots desolate at the trial, he also had to pay even $ 5,000 penalty.
Speed finished the season with no points, and it was long doubtful whether he would be sitting in the cockpit in 2007. After tests of Sebastien Bourdais Speed was confirmed as the second driver alongside Liuzzi just before the season starts - apparently a measure of the Toro Rosso is hoped that the Americans would increase in 2007.
Nevertheless Speed had also continues to struggle with the difficult driving car. After the Grand Prix of Europe, where the Americans as his team-mate Liuzzi, who had, however, to complain of a mechanical failure, slid off the track in the rain, there was a dispute with team boss Franz Tost. According Speed Tost had rammed his fist in the back and pushed him against a wall.
After this incident, there was no basis for mutual cooperation. After much speculation by the trade press Toro Rosso announced on 31 July 2007 announced that Scott Speed is from the Hungarian Grand Prix by the former test driver for BMW Sauber, Sebastian Vettel replaced.
In 2007, speed was preparing for his NASCAR career, his stock car debut in the ARCA Racing Series. On 26 April 2008, he received his first stock car victory at the ARCA-RE/MAX-Series-Rennen on the Kansas Speedway., Followed by three more wins, so that Speed had a chance to win the championship. Over the last race of the season, there was a collision with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. championship contender Then speed Stenhouse Jr. rammed intentionally. As a result, he had to put up with harsh criticism from the ranks of NASCAR and ARCA.
In addition to his ARCA 's commitment to speed also participated in races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. On 30 May 2008 he won in his sixth start overall in this series, the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway.
In the 2009 season Speed started as full-time driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the highest NASCAR division. The season, however, remained without highlights, only once achieved speed a top 10 placement. In the Drivers' Appreciation it was only enough for 35th place also in the season of 2010, improved its services not essential, so it was only enough for 30th place overall. Due to the poor performance of his contract was not renewed at the end of the season.
In 2011 graduated speed from a contract with Dragon Racing for the 500 miles of Indianapolis, but could not due to technical problems qualify for the race. In July of the same year he gave the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprintcup in his comeback.
Scott Speed currently resides in Mount Holly, North Carolina.