Red Bull development driver Scott Speed will turn laps in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series open test at Lowe's Motor Speedway on September 23 & ...
Red Bull development driver Scott Speed will turn laps in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series open test at Lowe's Motor Speedway on September 23 24. Speed will drive the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota under the watch of NASCAR officials who will assess his ability to participate in future Cup races.
"I've really enjoyed testing and working with Red Bull's Cup team," said Speed. "They're a very professional group and they operate at level that's much closer to what I'm used to, so it's nice to be a part of that. I like driving the Sprint Cup car too because I can feel the car better and its much more sensitive to my input. I haven't driven it in traffic yet though, so that will probably be a very different experience!"
Speed will test alongside teammates Brian Vickers and AJ Allmendinger. Rumors surfaced that Speed had already been privately testing a Sprint Cup car. We can confirm - those rumors were true. Speed tested at both Nashville Superspeedway and Kentucky Motor Speedway.
During the 2008 season, Speed has been running a full-time ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule under the wing of Eddie Sharp Racing, earning four wins to date. Speed has also been logging seat time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with Bill Davis Racing, earning his first Truck win at Dover.
Scott Speed on Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"I raced at Lowe's earlier this year in the Truck Series, so I'm in a good position to test the Sprint Cup car since I'm familiar with the track. The track itself is nice to drive on because the two corners are very different. Lowe's is a track that has character too. It's not a cookie cutter track so I enjoy racing on it a bit more than some of the others. It will be good to see where we stack up against everyone else, since there are so many good teams that will also be testing."