Published on December 2nd, 2010 | by Michael J Smith1
Speed Officially Released From Red Bull Racing
Scott Speed tweeted that he has officially been let go by Red Bull Racing, a move that had been expected ever since Kasey Kahne signed on to drive a RBR Sprint Cup Toyota next season.
There was a small chance that the team would retain Speed, if Brian Vickers, who plans to return after being sidelined by blood clots, experienced complications during his recovery and was unable to return.
RBR General Manager Jay Frye said before the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway that no complications were expected. This left Speed the odd man out.
RBR later confirmed the move. The team issued a statement that said:
We have exercised our rights to end the relationship at the end of 2010. We wish Scott the best of luck in his career.
In 2008, Speed made his Cup debut driving for RBR. He drove the final five races of the season, posting a high finish of 16th at Homestead.
In 2009, he started 35 of 36 races.After failing to qualify at Darlington Raceway and Infineon Raceway, he competed in Joe Nemechek’s NEMCO Toyota. He did not qualify for or compete in the 2009 Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. He finished out the season with one top 5 in 35 starts, and finished 35th in driver’s points.
But, he finished 36th in owner’s points, meaning he would have to qualify for the first five races in 2010.
He qualifed for the first five events, posting one top 10 and three top 20s. Despite working his way back into the guaranteed starting spots, he managed only one more top 10 in the remaining 31 races.
Speed has one Camping World Truck Series win and three ARCA/REMAX Series wins to his credit.