Teammates Really Do Help
He competed in ARCA, trucks and Cup in 2008. On Scott Speed’s 2009 to-do list is NASCAR’s Nationwide Series, and he’ll get to cross off that entry sometime in February.
It’s an ambitious schedule for the second-year stock car driver. Responsibility No. 1 is the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota in Sprint Cup, but to expand the definition of “seat time” Speed will drive Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 99 in limited Nationwide events.
As Speed said, the “next-best place to race” is Nationwide.
“We thought of different situations and different opportunities, what we could do to get more seat time,” he said. “Certainly, with the amount of Cup guys that race in the Nationwide Series every weekend, it was a no-brainer.”
Speed got some good advice from his teammate, 2003 Nationwide champion Brian Vickers. BV bounced from 36 Sprint Cup races to 12 Nationwide events in 2008.
“The cars are a bit more different than we want,” Speed said. “After talking with Brian and sitting down about it, we feel it’s not going to be that big of a difference. The racing experience will be more valuable that having to go from car to car.”