NASCAR & Auto Racing

Scott Speed's career moving rapidly - and a seat looks open

Scott Speed completed two days of Sprint Cup testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Wednesday as he prepares to make his Cup debut in next month's Bank of America 500. The question becomes how much more Cup racing will Speed be doing and how fast.

With Red Bull Racing's announcement on Tuesday that A.J. Allmendinger will not return to the No. 84 Toyotas next season, there's a full-time opening for which Speed is the presumed candidate.

"It depends on if we're in the right circumstance," Speed said. "So far, we've made really good decisions and Red Bull has made great decisions for me my whole career. I trust that when they think I am ready they will make the right choice."

Speed drove for Red Bull's team in Formula One before embarking on a career in full-fendered vehicles. He's leading the points standings in the Automobile Racing Club of America series and also has driven in the NASCAR Truck Series this year.

"I think I've learned everything pretty quickly," Speed said. "The thing I am missing is experience. You can't learn experience.

" ...Am I ready now? Maybe. Could I have come straight to Cup and not looked stupid? Probably. It's one of those things where I have the time to not do that. We're trying to take as much time as possible and wait for the right circumstance to jump in."