Speed will attempt to make the field in the Indy 500, and also the Izod IndyCar Series season-ender in Las Vegas. He's never run in the IndyCar series before, but has a season and a half of experience in open-wheel for Scuderia Toro Rosso in Formula One. His best finish in open-wheel was ninth, while his best finish in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series was fifth. He does have a win in the Camping World Truck Series.
Speed is the first driver to step forward and formally take on IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard's challenge to any driver from an outside series who wins the Vegas race. His chances may be slim, but he'll be drawing attention all race should he make the field.
Speed will run for Dragon Racing and its owner, Jay Penske, who is the son of Roger Penske. Speed's sponsor will be Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka. (You can go right ahead and make those Vodka/Red Bull jokes right now.)
"It's an honor to be able to partner with Jay Penske, Dragon Racing, and a Hoosier legend like Fuzzy Zoeller for this year's Indy 500 and my debut in the IndyCar Series," Speed said in an announcement. "Having the ability to compete in the Indy 500 is a dream for any racing driver, and I am proud to be partnered with Jay Penske in our attempt to drink the milk and win the biggest race in the world."
Speed will begin testing in early May at Chicagoland Speedway. And now, at long last, we may have the answer to an age-old question. With Will Power in the same mix as Scott Speed, we'll finally learn which is better: Power or Speed.
- Scott Speed
- IndyCar series
- Jay Penske
- Izod IndyCar Series