Career Summary:

Scott Speed

  • January 24, 1983
  • 34
  • United States
  • Global Rallycross Championship
  • 380
  • Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  • 38
  • 81
  • 27
  • 17
  • 10.00%
  • 21.32%

Scott Speed is an American racing driver who competed in the various series across the world, including two seasons in Formula One and six years in NASCAR, but his greatest achievement is the most recent title of the Global Rallycross Champion, which he won two years in a row in 2015 and 2016.

Young Californian started racing at the age of 10

Scott Andrew Speed was born on January 24th, 1983, in Manteca, California. Scott's racing career started at the age of 10 in karting. From little cars he switched to big cars in 2001, entering US Formula Russell.  In 2002, with two wins in 13 races, he finished third in the Formula Dodge Championship.

Scott Speed, Red Bull

For most of the career, Scott Speed was connected with Red Bull

Connection with Red Bull since 2003

Scott travel to Europe in 2003 as a member of the Red Bull Driver Search programme and he competed in the British Formula 3 Championship for Alan Docking Racing. During the season, he get sick and was forced to return to the United States for treatment.

Two championship titles in one season

He competed again in Europe in 2004, winning two championship titles in the Formula Renault Eurocup and Formula Renault Germany, scoring 12 wins in 30 races of both series. This success promoted him to the GP2 Series for 2005. Scott was driving for iSport International and with five podiums in 24 races he finished third in the final standings, behind  Nico Rosberg and Heikki Kovalainen.

Speed was the first American in the F1 since Michael Andretti

After just one season in GP2 Series Speed was rewarded with a seat in the Formula One team. At the 2005 Canadian Grand Prix on June 12th, Speed participated as a test driver for Red Bull Racing, becoming the first American driver to participate in a Formula One event since Michael Andretti in 1993. He repeated his test duties at the United States Grand Prix a week later.

Vitantonio Liuzzi, Scott Speed year 2006 2007 Toro Rosso home page

Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed were teammates in 2006 and 2007

Speed and Toro Rosso debuted in Formula One in 2006

For 2006 Formula One season, Red Bull Racing created the second team, named Scuderia Toro Rosso. They chose Scott Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi as its drivers. Speed debuted at the Bahrain Grand Prix, finishing 13th. At the Australian Grand Prix, the third round of the championship, it looked that he scored his first point, but he was later penalized for overtaking under yellow flags and dropped to 9th place. It remained his best result in a debuting season.

At the United States Grand Prix, he qualified a career-best 13th but retired in the race after a first-lap collision. Scott finished 14 of 18 races during 2006, but without points, so he wasn't classified in the final standings.

Best F1 result 9th place in Monaco

For 2007 season, Toro Rosso again signed Speed and Liuzzi. Speed equalized his best result with 9th place at Monaco Grand Prix, but in general, the season was opposite to previous, because he retired seven times in 10 races. He was then replaced in the team by Sebastian Vettel.

Speed decided to left Formula One and return to the United States. He planned to compete in NASCAR, but before that he entered ARCA Series. He competed in just one race at the end of 2007 and raced full 2008 season with Eddie Sharp Racing. He was driving the Red Bull-sponsored Toyota Camry, which proved that he remained in a good relationship with Red Bull people, despite his not so nice break with Toro Rosso team.

Scott Speed, NASCAR Truck Series, Dover, year 2008, news, home page

Truck Series victory at Dover in 2008 was Scott Speed's only NASCAR win

Controversial end of the 2008 ARCA Series season

In the 2008 ARCA Series Speed was fighting for the title, but in the final race, he was wrecked by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., also a title contender. With four wins Speed finished 5th in the final standings.

During 2008 Speed also debuted in the NASCAR Craftman Truck Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He competed in 16 races of the Truck Series with Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet and Bill Davis Racing Toyota, scoring one victory at Dover.

NASCAR Sprint Cup debut for Scott in 2008

In the Sprint Cup Series, Speed debuted in October 2008 at Martinsville Speedway. He was driving the #84 Toyota Camry for Red Bull Racing Team in five races. In 2009, Scott expanded his activities to the full season in the Sprint Cup, again with Red Bull's Toyota, but renumbered to #82. He also competed with #97 Nemco Motorsports Toyota in two races. Speed ended the season in 35th place.

In 2010, Speed scored two Top 10 finished and finished 30th in the series standings, driving #82 Toyota of Red Bull Racing Team. It was his last full season. Speed was released from his contract at Red Bull Racing to make room for the returning Brian Vickers. It caused a Speed's lawsuit against Red Bull accusing them of violating his contract. Speed was without a ride for most of the 2011 season, he drove 13 races with Ford for Max Q Motorsports and Whitney Motorsports.

Unsuccessful attempt at Indy 500

In 2011, Speed attempted to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 with Dragon Racing but he failed. He struggled with a car and was replaced on the final day of qualifying by Patrick Carpentier.

For two more seasons, Speed occasionally raced in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, but without notable results. His final arrangement was with Leavine Family Racing in 2013. The highlight of the season was 9th place at Talladega Superspeedway.

Scott Speed, X Games Brazil 2013, Rallycross Ford Fiesta, news

First rallycross victory at X Games Brazil

Rallycross was a new challenge for Scott

During 2013 Speed discovered new motorsport discipline – rallycross. He joined Swedish team Olsbergs MSE in the Global Rallycross Championship, driving #77 Ford Fiesta. Speed surprisingly won at his first event in Brazil. Later in the season he took one more victory in Charlotte, to finish fifth in the final classification.

For 2014, Speed moved to Andretti Autosport after the famous team founded its rallycross division. His teammate was Tanner Foust, Speed put his number 77 to the Volkswagen Polo R and won three of ten races during the season. He finished third in the championship, behind Joni Wiman and Ken Block.

Scott Speed, Andretti Autosport, Global Rallycross Championship, year 2015, news, home page contact

Speed and his team celebrate 2015 Global Rallycross Championship title

Global Rallycross Championship and Formula E in 2015

Brand new Volkswagen Beetle was Speed's victorious car in the 2015 season. He won two events and clinched the championship title.

During 2015 Speed also competed with Andretti in the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship. He finished second in his debuting race in Miami, behind Nicolas Prost. Speed participated in three more races. He retired in Long Beach and scored no points in Monaco and Berlin. Andretti was frequently changing the drivers, so Speed was replaced by Justin Wilson.

Scott Speed, 2016 GRC Volkswagen Beetle Andretti

Speed and his championship-winning Beetle

One more GRC title with Andretti Volkswagen in 2016

In 2016, Speed focused to the rallycross only, driving the #41 Volkswagen Beetle. His main rival was teammate Tanner Foust in the similar car. They fought for the title until the last round, winning eight events together (four plus four). At the end, Speed became the champion with four-point advantage over Foust.

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