TALLADEGA, Ala. ?- Scott Speed's racing schedule for 2013 will take him to a variety of venues and locales.
Brazil. Barcelona. Munich. Loudon.
No, not London.
Loudon, as in New Hampshire.
The Leavine Family Racing driver is supplementing his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series effort this year with competition in Global Rallycross, a series of nine international events. This year's X Games effort incudes a number of GRC stops.
In his first appearance last month in Brazil, Speed brought home the gold medal.
"It all came together at the last minute," Speed said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. "Never got the chance to drive the car until I got there. It was a steep learning curve; it still is a steep learning curve. But it was one of those things that once I got a couple of laps under my belt, it was something that suited my driving style really well."
Speed qualified second for his heat race in his Rdio-sponsored Ford Fiesta, and won that event, earning the pole for the main event.
"The laps were about, I want to say 40 seconds, so it's a sprint," he said. "When I went into the main event, and knowing I had the pole position, I thought it was wrapped up. I thought if I could just stay on the bottom, with the way passing worked, it was going to be solid. But as it turned out, some people were moving people out of the way and passing was a lot easier than people expected it to be."
Travis Pastrana, a veteran of the X Games and action sports, called Speed's efforts "amazing."
"He was the only person that was able to make a pass all week," Pastrana said.
Speed is 40th in driver points heading into Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega and the team is 40th in owner points, running an abbreviated schedule.
That part-time status will allow Speed to continue to compete in future GRC events.
"For some crazy lucky reason, with the schedule we have at LFR moving forward ? it worked out so I could do every single one except for one towards the very end of the year," he said of the GRC's nine-race schedule.
"So I will do all of the X Games, there are three more of those, and then there are 4-5 more GRC championship races. At this point, I'm scheduled to do all of them except for one."
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