Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
- Date of Birth: January 24, 1983
- Home: Mt. Holly, North Carolina
- Website: http://www.scottspeed.com
- CHAMPIONSHIPS: Supercars 2015, 2016
- 2016: 11 starts, 4 wins, 7 podiums, 18 heat wins, 571 points, 1st overall (Supercars)
- 2015: 12 starts, 2 wins, 8 podiums, 11 heat wins, 456 points, 1st overall (Supercars)
- 2014: 10 starts, 3 wins, 3 podiums, 13 heat wins, 344 points, 3rd overall (Supercars)
- 2013: 9 starts, 2 wins, 2 podiums, 5 heat wins, 94 points, 5th overall (Supercars)
- CAREER: 42 starts, 11 wins, 20 podiums, 47 heat wins, 1465 points (Supercars)
Three years ago, Scott Speed was a one-off entry in Red Bull Global Rallycross, a guest driver selected to race on dirt for the first time in his career in Brazil.
Today, he’s the series’ defending champion.
It’s been a long, strange trip from there to here for America’s only Formula 1 driver between 1994 and 2014, but the one thing that’s been consistent throughout is that Speed has lived up to his name as a rallycross driver. He’s won at least two races in each of the past three years, even driving older-model cars, and could have easily won the 2014 title in his first year with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross if not for an ill-fated penalty in New York.
Speed’s 2015 season, though, was a masterclass on how to handle adversity on the way to a championship. After an engine failure at MCAS New River, he dropped to ninth in points, the lowest position he’d ever been in since joining Red Bull GRC; later that month, he grabbed back-to-back podiums in Detroit to start the comeback.
The comeback turned into dominance in last five races of the year. After becoming the first driver to sweep a doubleheader in Los Angeles, Speed added podiums in each of the final three races of the year on the way to the crown.
From guest driver to defending champion, Speed has gradually established himself as the face of Red Bull GRC and its driver to beat heading into 2016. We’ve seen what he can do with the front of the field in his sights—now, it’s time to see what he can do with the pack in his rear-view mirror.