Speed and Red Bull join iSport International
21-year-old American Scott Speed has been signed by iSport International for the inaugural year of the GP2 Championship. Speed from Manteca, California dominated the 2004 European and German Formula Renault Championship's and in total took 10 Pole's and 12 Victories during the year. More recently Scott has acclimatized himself to some high-speed machinery by testing for Red Bull Cheever Racings IndyCar squad.
"I am excited about the opportunity to race in GP2 this year," said Speed. "It's a big step up from the Formula Renault in terms of power and speed, and that's exactly what I am looking for as a driver trying to make it to Formula 1."
iSport International is a newly created squad comprising of several former members of the Petrobras Junior F3000 team who took Bruno Junqueira to his Formula 3000 Championship victory. The new team is based in Norfolk, England and will make its GP2 race debut at the San Marino Grand Prix on the 23rd and 24th April.
Testing begins in Paul Ricard, France on the 10th February.
Paul Jackson, Team Principal iSport International Ltd, "iSport are delighted to have signed such a promising young talent. We have seen a little of Scott during his successful 2004 season and have been impressed by his qualifying performances as well as the race results. With his support from Red Bull, I am sure he is destined to be one of the most successful drivers to come out of the USA for some years.
The whole team is looking forward to this exciting new season in GP2, working with Scott and forging a strong relationship". GP2 Series In 2005 GP2 will compete over twelve weekends and two races at each event. Eleven of the races will support the Formula One World Championship. It is the brainchild of Bernie Ecclestone, Flavio Briatore and Bruno Michel."
Partners include Renault, Bridgestone, Dallara and Eurosport, who will provide live television coverage from each event.
Official GP2 WebSite: www.gp2series.com