Q and A With... Scott Speed  
 
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Scott Speed racing at the Coca-Cola 600. 

 

By Dominic Aragon
TheRacingExperts.Com Reporter
6/6/2012
theracingexperts@aol.com



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The Racing Experts:
Many fans know that you and Team Red Bull didn’t end on the best foot. How has that whole debacle affected your career in NASCAR, short and long-term?


Scott Speed:
“Well, it affected it in the long term by giving me an opportunity in NASCAR … We had success at times. Obviously, it didn’t end how we wanted it to, and it was a really unlucky situation. But, it led to a lot of opportunities after. It wasn’t ideal by any stretch, [because] there was so much potential.”



The Racing Experts:
Although you did not make the Indianapolis 500 last year, describe how unique that experience was for you.

Scott Speed:
“It was interesting. We didn’t get a chance to qualify my car because somebody wrecked before us before qualifying. It was an experience, I’ll say that. It was a very ambitious project that honestly I didn’t really know enough about when I committed to doing it.”

 


The Racing Experts:
For your 2012 racing schedule, what is a typical week in order to prepare for the race weekend?


Scott Speed:
“With the economy the way it is, it’s difficult for anyone to have any funding. There’s a lot of start and park [efforts] involved. On occasion, at least half the time, with the 95 team, we get to run full races, which is really exciting. Unfortunately for us, every time we’ve gone out there to try to run the full race, something [breaks] in the first 70 laps. I guess that’s the curse of starting and parking.”



The Racing Experts:
Many drivers talk about superstitions or a certain meal they may have before a race… Is there a certain food that helps you prepare for the race, and is there anything superstitious that you adhere to?


Scott Speed:
“I change my superstition like my underwear. I’ll try something new every time [I get the chance].”

The Racing Experts:
Now that you are running the No. 95 car part time as well as the No. 79 thus far in 2012, how much has the competition overall changed since running full-time in 2010?

Scott Speed:
“Yes, [back in 2010,] there was a lot of cars that would not make the race but were very good cars. This year itself is probably little more healthier with sponsors.”

 

The Racing Experts:
You’re a racer—you’ve worked your ways through the ranks of racing through proving yourself. How hard is it to pull in the car early, knowing you have to prove yourself all over again?


Scott Speed:
“I don’t really think about like I’m proving anything to anyone honestly. If we get in a good situation where we perform well, it shows. Last week, we qualified 25th [in the No. 79 car at Dover] in a start and park car—an unbelievable effort. ”

 

 

The Racing Experts:
At any point this season, what’s the possibility of running the full distance at races with either Go Green Racing or Leavine Family Racing?

Scott Speed:
“We have about eight more on the schedule [with the No. 95 team] that we are planning on running the full race. The first one [planned] is Sonoma; we’re really excited about that one.”



The Racing Experts:
Since LFR is running select races, will you be attempting the remaining schedule in the No. 79 car?

Scott Speed:
“No, I don’t think so. It’s kind of all up in the air, at the moment, what we are going to do. It started out as a one-off deal to get some more track time before we went to Charlotte at Darlington. We ran so well, we decided to try again at Dover and ran really well. We don’t have anything right now planned.”

 

TheRacingExperts.Com:
Kurt Busch has been in the news a lot this past week, including details of the suspension NASCAR handed down to him. James Finch has expressed interest in the possibility of hiring other drivers and has supposedly talked to many. Have you personally talked to James Finch over the past couple of days, and if so, what is the possibility of seeing you drive the No. 51 car at some point this season?


Scott Speed:
“I have not talked to [James] Finch. I know that David [Reutimann] had that ride, and worked it out with Tommy Baldwin I think honestly before the race was even over. That deal was already done. I don’t think the 51 [team] would say ‘hey, we want to peg you for the rest of the year.’ Their stuff is decent, [and] they are probably a little bit better funded than we are, but not a huge step, and I wouldn’t put [owner] Bob [Leavine] or the 95 team in a position where I just leave.”