Former Formula 1 driver Scott Speed might be joining NASCAR next year. Speed was sacked by Scuderia Toro Rosso last month but said he was looking for a racing seat in his home country. Red Bull founder Dietric Mateschitz has some aspirations of taking Speed to NASCAR next year.
Red Bull owns a NASCAR team, which was new for 2007. Having a driver like Scott Speed racing for their NASCAR team would be something the team could really benefit from Mateschitz told German magazine Motorsport Aktuell.
“He (Speed) would be a good help for us if he’d join us in NASCAR. Apart from that, his name is the dream of every marketeer to work with in the racing business.”
Speed now joins the raft of Red Bull sponsored drivers running in various series across the world. It seems that almost all of the Red Bull drivers have found racing seats in other series outside of Formula One. With the current Red Bull drivers struggling to qualify for NASCAR races week in and week out it remains to be seen if Speed would even consider the move, after all his oval experience is almost non-existent.
Perhaps a smarter move would be to move Robert Doornbos back to Europe at the end of the year to test for Red Bull, and replace him in Champcar with Speed, or to just move Speed across to testing for the Red Bull team.