Speed looks to America

Following his exit from the Scuderia Toro Rosso team, Scott Speed is looking away from the Formula 1 field and is hoping to get a drive in America for next season.

Speed is the first American driver in the Formula 1 field since Michael Andretti in 1993. He has said the Formula 1 experience has made him a better driver and he is now considering his future career options.

“Over he past five years I have had the privilege of driving at the some of the most challenging and exciting racing circuits in the world,” wrote Speed on his website.

“It did not always go the way I wanted but Formula One racing has been a great experience for me and I really appreciate the support from all of my fans. It has made me stronger, smarter and a better racer. Unfortunately, Toro Rosso’s decision to remove me from my racing seat prematurely has left me to consider many other new opportunities in my racing career.

“As I approach the question of ‘what’s next?,’ I wanted to begin with those who have been the most supportive of my talents and potential. As such, Red Bull Austria was the natural choice. I have had a great meeting with Dietrich Mateschitz, who became very excited about the possibility of my racing back in the good ol’ USA. We will see where it leads.

“I am coming back to America on a fact-finding, looking at the various racing series, and talking with some of the top American teams. Initial interest has been positive so I look forward to having some productive chats and finding the right fit for me.”