Scott Speed is our guest on Fan4Racing Fan2Fan NASCAR & Race Talk on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 9:30 pm ET. Call 929-477-1790 or tweet @Fan4RacingSite or @Sal_Sigala with any questions or comments during our LIVE broadcast.
Former Formula One and NASCAR driver, and once again taking a new direction, Scott Speed joined one of the hottest forms of motorsports – Global Rallycross. And there’s no looking back for the driver, now in pursuit of the championship title.
Speed put his No. 41 team in championship contention with their year-long performance including four double-header events this season.
Taking a second-place finish in Fort Lauderdale, a 12th at MCAS New River and seventh in Washington DC, the double-headers are where Speed has picked up his most points. The exception is Daytona where his missed one race and had a DNF in the other, but Speed has finished no worse than second in the next three double-header events.
After picking up two wins in the Los Angeles double-header last month, Speed moved into second in the point standings.
“It’s been a great weekend, obviously at the beginning of the season we struggled a bit, but with a new program like this you’re bound to have problems and we have had them. I think our Beetles are dialed in, they are fast and durable, so I see us as a major threat for the championship. I couldn’t be happier, I feel so lucky to be able to drive this Merchant First Beetle and I have a great teammate, a great team and I cannot say enough good things about Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross.”
In his Global Rallycross career since 2013, Speed has picked up 19 starts with five wins, five podiums, 18 heat wins and 438 points.
Last year, in his second season, Speed started strong with two victories and could have won the championship. However, after unapproved actions during a red flag in New York, he lost 35 points while three of his competitors gained five points, dropping him to ninth in the point standings. Speed went on to get his third win of the season, to tie for the most in series history. After getting his Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle in Las Vegas, Speed took his third pole of the season (a best in class), his 12th and 13th heat victories and a fourth in the main event – the best finish for his beetle.
Closing in on his third year in Global Rallycross, Speed came home with two second-place finishes in Barbados earlier this month, now making him the leader the point standings.
The Global Rallycross season finale is in Las Vegas on November 8th airing on NBCSN at 6:30 pm ET.