JRCS: Scott Speed wins Championship

Scott Speed Wins 2001 USAC Formula Russell Championship Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, CA - Scott Speed locked up the USAC Formula Russell Championship with a second place finish in the 18th race of the 20 race series. Last December, Speed won a...

Scott Speed Wins 2001 USAC Formula Russell Championship

Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, CA - Scott Speed locked up the USAC Formula Russell Championship with a second place finish in the 18th race of the 20 race series. Last December, Speed won a free season of racing in Russell's 2000 Graduate Run-Off's. He capitalized on that opportunity with 10 wins, 3 seconds and 2 third place finishes. Speed secured his championship with 1 weekend to go in the season. He is also the 2001 Rookie of the Year. Brazilian Victor Hugo Queiroz and Phil Carlson are currently second and third in the Russell Championship Series, with 244 and 202 points, respectively.

Speed is a nationally recognized kart champion and races for the JM / Tony Kart Racing Team. He captured his first IKF championship in 1995, and went on to win over 6 karting championship in both 80cc and 125cc shifters. He is also a finalist in the prestigious Team USA Scholarship Program. If he is successful in winning this scholarship, Speed will earn a spot in the prestigious New Zealand Formula Ford winter series as one of the two Americans selected for Team USA.

By winning the USAC Formula Russell Championship, Speed earns a test in a US F 2000 car and a free season of racing in the 2002 Russell / USAC Triple Crown Pro Series.

"Jim Russell has given my racing career a tremendous boost," said Speed. "Because of Russell's ladder system, at last year's Grad Run-Offs I was able to win a free season of racing in the USAC Formula Russell Championship. Now Russell is helping me in my next career step by providing me with the opportunity to race in the Russell Triple Crown and in getting a test with an F2000 team."

"Speed is one of the better racing talents in the nation," said Mark Wolocatiuk, Russell's Chief Instructor. "He is focused, consistent and has great car control."

Speed is 18-years-old and lives in Manteca, California.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Scott Speed