82 . SCOTT SPEED SCOTT BEING SCOTT: Speed battled brake issues in the early stages Saturday night at Phoenix, but the second-year driver persevered and got the free pass on lap 189. He remained on the lead lap until he finished 21st. A night ...
82 . SCOTT SPEED
SCOTT BEING SCOTT: Speed battled brake issues in the early stages Saturday night at Phoenix, but the second-year driver persevered and got the free pass on lap 189. He remained on the lead lap until he finished 21st. A night earlier, Speed was part of a much different form of racing. He took part in the Red Bull Chariot Race at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Donning a toga, Speed was a judge for the collegiate event.
VITAL SIGNS: Speed slipped one position in points to 22nd. He's 29 points out of the top 20.
HE'S A GRINDER: "I love the racing schedule. I love being able to get out every weekend. I'm having a lot of fun doing it. It's like if you have a good race you're ready to get back out there and keep it going. If you have a bad race ... in the next weekend you can completely turn the whole thing around. So, you can forget it easily. I love the fact we race so much." - Speed, who's in week two of a 14-week stretch of consecutive racing
STAT THAT MATTERS: One-fifth of the way through the season, Speed is far ahead of the pace from his rookie season of 2009. After seven races last season, he ranked 38th with 386 points. This season, he's 22nd with 716. That's a gain of 16 positions and 330 points.
83 . BRIAN VICKERS
BRIAN BEING BRIAN: A hard hit caused by a cut tire and 31st- place finish at Phoenix capped off an otherwise exhilarating week. On April 7, Vickers, who's been fascinated with space exploration since he was a kid, visited the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., and participated in astronaut training and flight simulators. A day later, he went skydiving with the Red Bull Air Force in Eloy, Ariz.
VITAL SIGNS: The poor Phoenix finish hurt Vickers in points. He dropped from 12th to 17th, but is still only 69 points from the top 12.
SPOILER MEETS HIGH SPEEDS: "You'll probably be a little better in traffic (at Texas), more front downforce. It kind of shifts that balance forward. For a high-speed race track, I thought it was a great improvement. Not huge, not substantial, but definitely a noticeable improvement from our perspective and I think the fans will see it as well."
STAT THAT MATTERS: Vickers holds the Texas track qualifying record of 196.235 mph (Nov. 3, 2006). It's one of two track records he owns (Richmond).