Friday, July 18, 2008

From Zandvoort to Sparta

Scott Speed helped introduce NASCAR to the Netherlands last weekend. He did a demo run Sunday in the Red Bull show car on the sandy, seaside circuit near Zandvoort, where the sports car culture embraced American stock car racing.

“Some crazy Dutch fans gave me some blue nail polish as a present. It was amazing how informed they were,” he said, referring to his first Craftsman Truck victory at Dover. “NASCAR is well received by this country. Maybe even more than the other countries in Europe.”

Back in the States, Scott returns to the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota and the ARCA RE/MAX Series for tonight’s race at Kentucky. He’ll practice (11:30 a.m. ET), qualify (4:30 p.m.) and race (8 p.m.) all in one day.

He hasn’t raced since the June 29 event at Cayuga, but the Kentucky 150 begins a stretch of five races in five weeks. He led 55 laps in the first Kentucky race before finishing second to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. — the driver who leads Scott by 130 points in the championship standings.

“It starts all over again, weekend after weekend racing,” Scott said. “We’ve already raced there once. I would hope that our car is the same, the competition is the same and we get a good result.”

After Friday’s race, Scott bolts for Tampa, Fla., to judge a Red Bull Flugtag event, which celebrates the creativity of human-powered flight.


Blogger Chris said...

Looks like he is aiming to be in a cup car by the end of the season. According to Jayski, he is going to start testing with BV soon.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian posted that story in The Little Lug Nut That Could comments section.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Scott, Learn and Listen to BV. If AJ would have taken the time to do this and treat BV as a Team mate he would have learned to drive a lot sooner and possibly be in the top 35. You will look great in the silver 84 next yeatr!!!!

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes I agree, Scott is smart to test with BV, AJ thinks he knows it all and wrecked BV in his Busch car last year

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ESPN has an article about the chase contenders. Check it out. Nice to see some respect and attention towards BV and TRB.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow why is everyone ripping on A.J.? He'll be in the top 35 in no time. I think if Scott does come to sprint cup itll be in a third car.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ will never be in the top 35

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

speed wins, speed wins, gee why is scott not testing with cocky AJ, oh because he will be taking over his ride

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the same Anonymous bashing on AJ and then agrees with himself 3 minutes later. Ignore him.

Just a thought, did you guys think about what sponsor Scott will have on board when he makes his debut? I've been thinking that it may be Red Bull Cola. What do you guys think?

and way to go Scott, win #2! Things are looking good. His chances for the championship are looking good, just 65 points behind leader Stenhouse Jr.

7:15 PM  
Blogger ncsuredbull said...

RedBull has said before that sponsoring 2 cars in Sprint Cup is enough money and that a third car would be sponsored from someone else. ARCA (1~1.5mil) and Truck (100k per race) series rides are a fraction of the cost of a Sprint Cup ride (15mil~20mil). RedBull Cola is also a tough sell as a depends on if they want to go nationwide.

Even though they sponsor 4 F1 teams at probably a total of 300~400million Euros.....

I would imagine that AJ would move to the third Car and Scott would move to the 84 Redbull Car. I think AJ would be an easy sell to any sponsor due to his personality.

7:33 PM  
Blogger ncsuredbull said...

Oh yea....great restart and great win Scott!

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Nick B said...

scott speed is the man!!!!!


8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yea I know that but it's just one or two races this season. I think the new sponsor will be needed when the third RedBullRacing team goes full time.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

Congratulations on the win Scott!!!

4:29 AM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Great job SS!!! Any time I have heard management talk about a 3rd car it is with a different sponsor, and IMO it will be BV or AJ in the other sponsored car.(Army has been rumored) This bashing of AJ is ridiculous. He is new to stock car racing and is improving all the time.

4:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that a sponsor looking at the third car would like AJ as their driver- the media loves him and he does great on camera, a sponsors dream. To bash AJ at this point is totally ridiculous. After what he has been through the last year and a half and what he is accomplishing now, I think someone on the blog needs to get a life. Sure he had his struggles but he is showing now what he is capable of. Jaye on many interviews has said he has 3 young, very talented drivers and as a GM that is very exciting.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous tracy said...

I think Scott will be a good addition to Team Red Bull. I believe I read where he is planning on running the full Truck schedule next year and will attempt a few Sprint Cup starts. Hopefully that means we will see him in a Red Bull car full time in 2010.

I agree that AJ is a sponsor's dream. The media loves him, and it seems like he gets on TV more than any driver other than Dale Jr.

Brian would also be good from a sponsor's viewpoint because he has a solid fan base and long history in NASCAR, even though he would be the youngest of the three.

I'm excited to see where these three youngbloods can take Team Red Bull.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tracy: I saw that, too. Here's the URL for those who are interested:

It's the last sentence in the second paragraph.


5:57 PM  
Anonymous Mouse said...

Hold up-there's a Red Bull COLA?! I must find out about this cola. (Because more Red Bull products is exactly what my liver needs...)

7:36 PM  

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