THREE OAKS, MI (December 20, 2007) -- MRP-Birel AMERICA announced today that both Scott Speed, American F1 stars turned ARCA racer, and younger brother, Alex Speed, 2-time Stars of Karting ICC Champion, will campaign the 2008 Florida Winter Tour in Birel DD2 beginning at Homestead Raceway on January 12-13.

Both drivers are looking forward to the competition, as well as the opportunity to race side by side.

"Obviously my goals are to win. I don't remember going into a race with a different objective but it will certainly be a pleasure for me to just compete again in a sport that I have loved for so long," said Scott Speed. "I hope that I will have enough time to properly commit to the races and to test a bit before, but my schedule changes so much that its hard to plan. I keep my fingers crossed."

Alex Speed, who returned to karting after a near two-year hiatus, went on to win the Stars of Karting Finale in his first race back only a couple of months ago. He is looking forward to racing the Florida Winter Tour against his brother.

"Scott and I are very competitive in everything we do together," said Alex. "So of course, I look forward to kicking his butt! To be honest, I am just looking forward to the competition from everyone. The DD2 class will be tough and I will always push hard to be on the top step of the podium for the Birel team."

Scott Speed likely will miss a day of competition due to a scheduling conflict during the second round of the FWT to compete for Team Red Bull in the ARCA 200 at Daytona International Raceway on February 9, but expects to be able to make arrangements to be there for the remainder of the events.

The duo will both drive Birel chassis with Rotax DD2 engines prepared by the MRP-Birel AMERICA team and engineered by Mike Speed. Additional MRP-Birel AMERICA drivers will be announced at a later date.

-credit: mrp