Speed wins Valencia New York, NY (17 April 04) Every struggle is marked with milestones, and Scott Speed's victory this weekend in round four of the Eurocup Formula Renault Championship at Valencia in Spain marks an impressive achievement for...
Speed wins Valencia
New York, NY (17 April 04) Every struggle is marked with milestones, and Scott Speed's victory this weekend in round four of the Eurocup Formula Renault Championship at Valencia in Spain marks an impressive achievement for the American segment of the Red Bull Junior Team. Speed's breakthrough win has moved the benchmark, as the Red Bull Driver Search begins to have an impact on motorsports in just the second season of taking young American talent abroad to race their way into Formula 1.
Speed was selected in 2002 through the Driver Search program to be a member of the 2003 Red Bull Junior Team, and learned a lot of hard lessons in his first season of racing in Europe, but the will and talent he showed earned him the opportunity to race again with the support of Red Bull. Speed was able to repay that confidence with his win this weekend as he overcame problems early in the weekend to emerge with the sweet stink of podium champagne.
"Winning is everything, and so this is very big for me personally and for the whole Red Bull program. Dr. Helmut Marko was on hand this weekend to support all of us on the Red Bull Junior team, and so to have this kind of result with him on hand is completely satisfying. We worked really well this weekend as a team. We were so far off the pace initially, but we just kept at it and got the car competitive."
"It's been a long time since I last won a race, too long" said Speed as he scanned his memory banks. "I think in fact since I won the Rock Island Grand Prix in karts, so this feels fantastic."
Speeds compatriots on the Red Bull Junior Team, Dominique Claessens and Colin Fleming, are working on their own learning curves as they adjust to the new cars, tracks, and fierce level of competition in Europe. Fleming scored two points-paying results with eighth and ninth place finishes, while Claessens no doubt saw plenty of moves, good and bad, as he fought for twenty-fourth and thirteenth in the two rounds.
The 2004 Red Bull Driver Search program 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 in racing. The long-term goal is to have a steady group of three to six American drivers racing in Europe, groomed to break into Formula 1 and compete for the World Championship.
Scott Speed -- 7th
Colin Fleming -- 8th
Dominque Claessens -- 24th
Scott Speed -- 1st
Colin Fleming -- 9th
Dominque Claessens -- 13th