Scott Speed Tests at Sebring
Indianapolis, IN (December 17, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing completed a one-day road course test at Sebring International Raceway with Scott Speed from the Red Bull Junior Team; a driver development program in Europe made up of promising young drivers from multiple countries racing with Red Bull support.
"Scott Speed's driving skills were very impressive, especially for a racer at such a young age," said team owner Eddie Cheever Jr. "His performance and feedback were excellent. It was a great opportunity to have him test his skills in another application and compare those skills to existing IndyCar drivers. We will continue to evaluate him with an eye on the future."
Scott Speed, 21, of Manteca, CA, put the racing world on notice this past year, winning two Formula Renault championship titles in Europe - the first-ever championships by an American driver in European junior formula. Next up is an expected seat in the new GP2 series, which sits one notch below Formula 1.
"The test today was really surprising," Speed explained. "It was my first time driving an IndyCar so I didn't know what to expect, but the car handled really well and was a very powerful package to drive compared to the Formula Renault cars. I worked really well with the whole Red Bull Cheever Racing team and had an awesome experience."
Speed is a former winner of the 2002 Red Bull Driver Search program, which aims to discover and support the "diamond in the rough," lacking the knowledge and contacts needed to embark on a career in racing, as well as talented young drivers already racing. The long-term goal is to have a steady group of three to six American drivers racing in Europe, on the Red Bull Junior Team, groomed to break into Formula 1 and compete for the World Championship.
Red Bull Cheever Racing, based in Indianapolis, is the brainchild of 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever. A leader in American motorsports, the IRL IndyCar Series team is built on Cheever's experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel oval racing. Corporate, technical and research and development partnerships include the world's leading energy drink Red Bull, Toyota, Mecachrome, Firestone and Dallara.