Scott Speed Driver Diary: Having Fun Picking on Amanda, Golf and Looking Ahead to an Uncertain Future
Tony Lumbis · Friday November 12, 2010
As you all know, it’s been an eventful couple of weeks and not in a good way. I have to say though that I am actually doing OK. At least we’ve been running well. Obviously Red Bull Racing has three drivers and two teams for 2011, so something had to give. As of now, I have no other plans for next year so we’ll see what happens. It is what it is; this is life in motorsports sometimes. Things have been going well with Kasey Kahne, we both get along. It’s been a smooth transition, so I believe we can do some good things in the final two races.
Scott Speed · Friday October 15, 2010
Every once in a while, drivers like to have a boys day out and that’s exactly what A.J. Allmendinger and I did this past week. It was kind of a crazy day that involved a round of golf and a lot of Madden Football! He actually did really well at golf and I had an unusually bad day. The week off from golf just killed my game. I was able to earn revenge later when I beat him on Madden with equal teams, which is always ridiculously unusual. Whenever I play Madden, I like to be the Vikings, even though, as you may remember, I’m a big fan of fellow Red Bull athlete Reggie Bush. No offense to him, but Adrian Peterson is a heck of a lot faster on the game!
While I like playing as the Vikings on Madden, my favorite team in real life is a little different. Specifically it’s whoever the Dallas Cowboys are playing. Amanda is a very big Dallas fan so that makes it fun for me to root against them. The rivalries in our family keep things interesting. Not to mention that it’s been a fun year for me given their record so far!
Scott Speed · Thursday September 16, 2010
Those who know me understand that I have the type of personality where I will try anything once. My latest thing has been line dancing at a local bar down here in Charlotte. It’s one of the most entertaining things I’ve done in a long time, even though I am mostly making fun of it the whole time. I’m going again this week and this time, one of my buddies and his girlfriend will be joining us. He rarely goes, if at all, but he is one of the funniest dudes I know. So we’re both going to go out and find some cowboy gear, it’s going to be fantastic. You’ll have to check out my tweets for pictures.
This bar where we go is like one out of Talladega Nights.
Scott Speed · Friday July 30, 2010
It’s good to be back racing, although we certainly enjoyed the off-weekend. Amanda and I went to the Bahamas, where we stayed along with Kyle Busch and Sam at Atlantis. There was a lot of stuff for us to do and in fact, we didn’t even lie out on the beach or in the sun. We were on the water slides almost the whole time, and they were great to us. I highly recommend going for anyone who has an interest.
Even though it was during an off weekend, we couldn’t get away from racing. They had slides where they would time you and Kyle and I got involved in a little competition to see who would be faster. He beat me just about every time down. Then, we realized they were being a little lenient on the start so the last time, instead of starting sitting down, we ran and jumped down. I actually won that one.
Tony Lumbis · Friday July 2, 2010
We’ve had quite a lot of transition at Red Bull Racing over the past few months and as far as the deal with Casey Mears goes, it doesn’t take a genius to know that wrecking your teammate probably is not the best thing you could do. We got lucky to come out of that incident at Michigan without any damage or anything, but it didn’t exactly help our track position. Not to mention we were running like crap to begin with. He raced me clean last weekend at New Hampshire, I’ll say that. So I don’t think there is any kind of grudge or anything. He had the perfect opportunity to wreck me and did not. We’ve moved on.
Tony Lumbis · Friday May 28, 2010
It’s been great to be able to hang around the Charlotte area for the past few weeks, as I’ve enjoyed being home. We don’t get this opportunity too many times, so I will take it when I can get it. As I’m sure all of you know, it’s been a rough few weeks for us at Red Bull Racing with Brian’s health problems. I’ve had the chance to speak to him, and I think he’s doing well considering the situation. I think he’s keeping an eye on the positives that can come out of this, so overall, he’s handling it pretty good.
Tony Lumbis · Friday April 30, 2010
We just got back from a quick trip to New York City where we had a Red Bull poker game at the company facility in SoHo. It was yet another one of many fun events that Red Bull puts on for us. I was telling Amanda afterwards how great it was to just be able to hang out with guys like snowmobile racer Levi LaVallee and Kevin Goldthwaite, who plays for the New York Red Bulls soccer team. The coolest thing about what we do here at Red Bull is we get to meet such amazing people who have been so successful in their respective sports.
I don’t know if it’s by chance or what, but pretty much everyone I ever meet at Red Bull are just cool people. To top off the entire night, even though the game was just for fun, we did well. Amanda and I made it to the final table and then I had the pleasure of taking her out, so that was even better!
Tony Lumbis · Friday April 2, 2010
When we came to Martinsville, Virginia this past weekend, I had felt something that I haven’t felt in about a year. That was the relief of being locked into the top 35 in owner’s points. It’s definitely more relaxing and what is even better is that we get to concentrate a lot more on race trim. Despite the additional effort on race set-up, our day did not turn out as we got caught up in something that wasn’t really our fault. One of the guys ahead of me slowed and we went into the corner and basically the whole lane jammed up. So we were all just kind of running into each other. I got into the back of the No. 39 car and then I think the No. 47 got into the back of me. It was just one of those typical Martinsville deals, nothing we could do about it other than fix our car and make some laps.
Scott Speed · Friday February 26, 2010
Hey everyone. Right now, I’m just hanging out, chillin’ in the desert with my wife Amanda, Kyle and his now fiancée. There’s no sense on heading back east when we have to come right back out to Vegas, so we figured that we’d hang out and have some fun on the left coast before the race.
The season is only two races old and already we’ve found ourselves employing some interesting pit strategy in both events.
Scott Speed · Thursday February 4, 2010
The season is just around the corner, and I am wrapping up what certainly has been a busy offseason. Soon after Homestead, I went down to the Snowball Derby with Kyle Busch and it was quite an experience – I met a lot of great people while I was down there. It was great to see where these guys come from. I got to work on the cars, and it was neat to see things from a perspective outside of the driver.
I mentioned at the end of last season that I was preparing for a marathon. I haven’t had any races yet, but I’m still training hard. If a race or a triathlon or something similar comes up, I will definitely be ready.
Tony Lumbis · Friday November 13, 2009
The race at Texas this past week was definitely a sign of how much better we are getting. It wasn’t a spectacular finish, but we’ll take an 18th any day right now. So much has improved since we missed the show there back in April. A large part of it is due to me getting a better feeling of what the car should be doing so I can help Jimmy (Elledge) adjust it to where it needs to be. Even with all of that improvement, we still almost missed it. I mean, I qualified 31st for crying out loud… but it was much faster in race trim. If you compare it to this race one year ago, which was my second ever Sprint Cup race where I was like 5 laps down and finished 30-something, it becomes evident how much this team and I have progressed.
Talladega was interesting a few weeks ago, as everyone wanted to play it safe and not cause the Big One for most of the race.
Scott Speed · Friday October 16, 2009
This past weekend’s race at Fontana was one of our better runs this year. Although it may not have always looked like it, we actually ran really well almost the entire race. We started out kind of slow, but then it came around. We just got unlucky because we were running around 21st and we just had gone a lap down. Right around that time, there was a caution and we pitted while about 12 cars stayed out to become the wave around cars, which cost us several positions on the track. That really hurt us a lot.