Scott Speed · Thursday October 14, 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!
Getting back to A.J., it’s really cool that we can to hang out now because we’ve certainly had an interesting history. Neither one of us were a part of the decision to let him go and bring me on at Red Bull a few years ago, but at the time, we weren’t really talking anyway. We were good friends growing up, but by about age 14, it was pretty clear that we were both competing for the same thing in go-karts, where we were racing on the same tracks in California. We both got to the top level of karting and then started to compete for the same rides as we were the two best kids coming up. Now, enough years have gone by and we both realized that at the end of the day, we both made it as professional racecar drivers from nothing. So there is a mutual respect between us. We also both have very similar personalities and given the fact that we don’t have the egos we had when we were 15, we get along really well!
On the racing side of things, our stuff at Red Bull Racing is really getting better. Lately, it had just been one of those deals where when you have a two car team and both of those cars are struggling, it’s tough to find a way to get better. In fact, it’s still been a challenge to a certain degree. For the past two weeks, both Reed and I have qualified around 30th place. But now we’re making good decisions during race day and bringing the cars back to where they need to be from a setup standpoint. So at the moment, we have cars that are capable of running better, where in the middle of the year, it didn’t matter what we tried, nothing seemed to work. There’s more progress that we need to make, but we’re definitely heading in the right direction. It’s fun for all of us when we can pass people and run well during the weekend. In fact, the only thing that was disappointing for me while in California was that I didn’t make it to In–N-Out Burger! It was one of my favorite spots growing up, and I always try to make it back when we race out there. It just wasn’t meant to be this time.
You may remember from last month that I was psyched for the big karaoke night out with one of my friends and I wanted to update you on what happened. He ended up losing, which is total BS because he was way better than the guy who won. I think there was some serious corruption going on in the voting process! Amanda was angrier about it than I was and wanted to do something about it, but we were able to calm her down!
A few weeks ago I did an event near Charlotte where I raced go-karts with media members. I had a lot of fun and raced pretty well too. After the race, some of my buddies and Amanda got to drive the car which was pretty cool. It was funny to watch her out there. She’s not afraid of anything though, I’ll tell you that.
We’re looking forward to Charlotte this weekend. One of the best parts about racing there is that we get to sleep in our own beds. Other than that, it will be a typical race weekend. Thanks as always for your support! Keep your eye on us as we continue to make progress through the end of the season. See you at the track!
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