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March 12, 2006 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
As a boy growing up in the San Joaquin Valley, Scott Speed dreamed of driving in the prestigious Formula One series, whose sleek, built-for-racing cars course through such exotic locales as Monte Carlo and San Marino. Yes, Speed is his real name. And his desire was so intense that when he played racing video games at home, he wore a helmet, propped his feet forward as if he were working the pedals, and put a fan in front of him to simulate the wind rushing past his face.
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February 11, 2010 | By Tania Ganguli
He drove a backup car that hadn't taken any laps of practice. His crew chief mixed up the schedule and showed up uncharacteristically late to the morning drivers meeting. You'd forgive the No. 48 team for being a bit discombobulated going into the Gatorade Duels at Daytona. But they weren't. Not even a little bit. Four-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson won the first 150-mile qualifying race Thursday afternoon by a margin of .005 seconds. Kasey Kahne won the second race, breaking up the Hendrick Motorsports party.
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March 13, 2006 | Jim Peltz
Californian Scott Speed finished 13th in a 22-car field in his first Formula One race at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday. The 23-year-old Manteca native was the first American to compete in Formula One in 13 years. He had qualified 16th. Reigning series champion Fernando Alonso of Spain won the race on the island of Bahrain off the coast of Saudi Arabia. Seven-time champion Michael Schumacher was second in a Ferrari.
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June 3, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
It's pretty clear Scott Speed isn't one of NASCAR's good old boys. A free spirit from Manteca, Calif., who spent 18 months as a Formula One driver, Speed is working his way up through NASCAR's second-tier ranks with hopes of one day driving in its premier Sprint Cup Series. Speed won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Friday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in only his sixth series start -- after he had the tips of his toenails painted blue. "That's going to become a tradition," Speed, 25, said of his pedicure after winning in a Red Bull Toyota.
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August 1, 2007 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Californian Scott Speed, the only American driver in the international Formula One auto-racing series, was replaced by his team Tuesday after failing to earn a point in his 1 1/2 years on the circuit. The team, Scuderia Toro Rosso, said Germany's Sebastian Vettel, 20, would replace Speed for the rest of the season starting with Sunday's race in Budapest, Hungary. Vettel had been a test driver for the BMW Sauber Formula One team.
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April 10, 2005 | From Associated Press
Hoping to become the rare American driver to crack into Formula One, Scott Speed at least has the right name for the job. "Everyone who sees it figures it's for marketing, but it's my real name," Speed said. "I guess it fits well. If it helps me get to where I want to go, great." In only a few years, the 22-year-old Californian has moved from racing go-karts -- powered by sophisticated lawnmower engines -- to test-driving an 800-horsepower, 200-mph F1 car.
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February 11, 2010 | By Tania Ganguli
He drove a backup car that hadn't taken any laps of practice. His crew chief mixed up the schedule and showed up uncharacteristically late to the morning drivers meeting. You'd forgive the No. 48 team for being a bit discombobulated going into the Gatorade Duels at Daytona. But they weren't. Not even a little bit. Four-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson won the first 150-mile qualifying race Thursday afternoon by a margin of .005 seconds. Kasey Kahne won the second race, breaking up the Hendrick Motorsports party.
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June 3, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
It's pretty clear Scott Speed isn't one of NASCAR's good old boys. A free spirit from Manteca, Calif., who spent 18 months as a Formula One driver, Speed is working his way up through NASCAR's second-tier ranks with hopes of one day driving in its premier Sprint Cup Series. Speed won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Friday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in only his sixth series start -- after he had the tips of his toenails painted blue. "That's going to become a tradition," Speed, 25, said of his pedicure after winning in a Red Bull Toyota.
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May 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Fernando Alonso won the Monaco Grand Prix at Monte Carlo on Sunday, becoming the first driver to win consecutively with different teams. The 25-year-old Spaniard finished ahead of McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton, with third-place Felipe Massa's Ferrari the only other car on the same lap as Alonso took the checkered flag. Alonso finished 4.095 seconds ahead of Hamilton and 1:09.114 in front of Massa after 78 laps on the twisting 2.076-mile street circuit.
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March 1, 2009 | Jim Peltz
Greg Biffle rebounded from running out of gas to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, one riddled with crashes and driver mistakes on pit road. Carl Edwards and Brian Vickers -- who, like Biffle, are mainly NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers who also compete on the second-tier Nationwide circuit -- finished second and third, respectively, in the Sam's Town 300.
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August 1, 2007 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Californian Scott Speed, the only American driver in the international Formula One auto-racing series, was replaced by his team Tuesday after failing to earn a point in his 1 1/2 years on the circuit. The team, Scuderia Toro Rosso, said Germany's Sebastian Vettel, 20, would replace Speed for the rest of the season starting with Sunday's race in Budapest, Hungary. Vettel had been a test driver for the BMW Sauber Formula One team.
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March 13, 2006 | Jim Peltz
Californian Scott Speed finished 13th in a 22-car field in his first Formula One race at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday. The 23-year-old Manteca native was the first American to compete in Formula One in 13 years. He had qualified 16th. Reigning series champion Fernando Alonso of Spain won the race on the island of Bahrain off the coast of Saudi Arabia. Seven-time champion Michael Schumacher was second in a Ferrari.
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March 12, 2006 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
As a boy growing up in the San Joaquin Valley, Scott Speed dreamed of driving in the prestigious Formula One series, whose sleek, built-for-racing cars course through such exotic locales as Monte Carlo and San Marino. Yes, Speed is his real name. And his desire was so intense that when he played racing video games at home, he wore a helmet, propped his feet forward as if he were working the pedals, and put a fan in front of him to simulate the wind rushing past his face.
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April 10, 2005 | From Associated Press
Hoping to become the rare American driver to crack into Formula One, Scott Speed at least has the right name for the job. "Everyone who sees it figures it's for marketing, but it's my real name," Speed said. "I guess it fits well. If it helps me get to where I want to go, great." In only a few years, the 22-year-old Californian has moved from racing go-karts -- powered by sophisticated lawnmower engines -- to test-driving an 800-horsepower, 200-mph F1 car.
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August 14, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
It was well worth the price of admission A wild game between Boston and the Texas Rangers on Tuesday gave spectators at Fenway Park their money's worth -- and a roller-coaster ride for the Red Sox Nation. Boston scored 10 runs in the first inning, only to lose that lead and have the game turn into a two-sided, nearly four-hour slugfest. Boston finally won, 19-17, on Kevin Youkilis' home run in the eighth inning. "After that first inning . . .
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September 21, 2007 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
1 Round two of NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup is Sunday at Delaware's Dover International Speedway, a one-mile, high-banked oval dubbed "The Monster Mile." Martin Truex Jr., the Dale Earnhardt Inc. driver who is currently sixth among the 12 competitors in the Chase, won the spring race at Dover in June. 2 Two Indianapolis 500 winners, Jacques Villeneuve (1995) and Buddy Lazier (1996), make their NASCAR debut Saturday in the sport's Craftsman Truck Series race.
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