INDIANAPOLIS — Scott Speed will compete in the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500, driving for Dragon Racing. And Speed will apparently have more on his mind than just the biggest race in the world.
Speed will also be eligible to race for the $5 million bonus posted by IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard for any driver for another series who wins the season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in October.
Speed would be sponsored by Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka, American Racing Wheels and Vizio while racing as a teammate to Chinese rookie Ho Pin Tung.
Dragon Racing, which is owned by Jay Penske, is fielding a part-time effort for Paul Tracy in the IZOD IndyCar Series, but Tracy had already committed to run the Indianapolis 500 for Dreyer & Reinbold at Indianapolis.
“Having the ability to compete in the Indy 500 is a dream for any racing driver, and I am proud to be partnered with Jay Penske in our attempt to drink the milk and win the biggest race in the world,” said Speed, who raced in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series the past two years and in Formula One prior to that.
“I am thrilled that Scott chose Dragon Racing and this year’s Indy 500 to make his IndyCar debut,” Jay Penske said. “As one of America’s finest open-wheel racers, Scott’s past experience in Formula 1 and NASCAR make him a serious contender at this year’s Indy 500 and at the IndyCar Challenge in Las Vegas.”