Scott Speed

Full Name:
Scott Andrew Speed
Born:
24th January 1983 (Age 36)
Manteca, California
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

The self-confident Scott Speed bucked the trend in the early 2000s when he was an American with Formula 1 ambitions. His move to Europe coincided with the arrival of Dietrich Mateschitz’s Red Bull energy drink in the sport. Soon backed as part of its driver development scheme, he was the first American since Michael Andretti to start a Grand Prix.

Early racing career

A national karting champion during the 1990s, Speed began racing cars in 2001 and he ended the year as Formula Russell Champion. He was selected for Red Bull’s search for the next American star a year later. That led to a drive in Alan Docking’s Dallara F303-Mugen in the 2003 British Formula 3 Championship although illness curtailed his first season.

A step back to Formula Renault in 2004 gave his career impetus for the American won both the German and European titles with Motopark Academy. Speed tested for Eddie Cheever’s Indycar team that year and the newly rebranded Red Bull Racing F1 concern in 2005. That included driving the Cosworth-powered RB1 as Friday test driver at that year’s Canadian and United States GPs.

He raced for iSport in the inaugural GP2 Series in 2005 and finished third in the championship behind Nico Rosberg and Heikki Kovalainen after coming second at Barcelona (having qualified on pole position) and Silverstone.

Formula 1 with Scuderia Toro Rosso

Speed was promoted to the Red Bull co-owned Scuderia Toro Rosso for the 2006 F1 World Championship. He spent 18 months with the team during which time he failed to make a worthwhile impression. He finished eighth on the road in the 2006 Australian GP but lost the resulting championship point when penalised 25 seconds for overtaking David Coulthard under yellow flags. He was also fined $5000 for swearing in front of the post-race Stewards.

His Toro Rosso STR2-Ferrari finished ninth in the 2007 Monaco GP but his stay with the Faenza-based concern ended in a very public dispute with Team Principal Franz Tost. He was replaced by Sebastian Vettel after the European GP and has since raced in his homeland.

Stock cars and Formula E

He won races in both the ARCA and NASCAR Truck series during 2008 but his challenge for the former ended in controversy. Spun out of the final race at Toledo by championship rival Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Speed rejoined in his repaired car and deliberately crashed into Stenhouse to hand the race and title to Justin Allgaier.

Five starts in the 2008 Sprint Cup with Red Bull Racing’s Toyota Camry included qualifying second for the final round at Homestead. He led the 2010 Daytona 500 and finished fifth at Talladega but was eventually released by the team at the end of the season.

Left without a regular drive for the next couple of seasons, Speed entered a partial schedule in 2012 and 2013 with Leavine Family Racing’s Ford although he was often one of the first to retire. He subsequently entered four Formula E races during 2015 with Andretti Autosport – finishing second at Miami.

Rallycross Champion for Andretti

Speed made his rallycross debut at the 2013 X Games which he promptly won. He switched to Andretti’s Volkswagen Beetle in the 2015 Global Rallycross Championship – winning the title that year and the next.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship
Andretti Autosport
4 0 1 0
0% win rate
16th 18
2013 Sprint Cup 41st 99
2012 Sprint Cup 42nd 124
2010 Sprint Cup 30th 3178
2009 Sprint Cup 35th 2690
2008 Sprint Cup 55th 366
2007 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Toro Rosso
10 0 0 0
0% win rate
21st 0
2006 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Toro Rosso Cosworth
18 0 0 0
0% win rate
20th 0
2005/2006 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport
Dave Price Racing
6 0 0 0
0% win rate
7
2005 F1 World Championship
Red Bull Racing
0 (2) 0 0 0 0
2005 GP2 Series
iSport International
23 1 5 0
0% win rate
3rd 67.5
2004 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 1st -