Scott Speed Earns Top Qualifying Time At X Games Austin, Looks To Defend Gold Medalby Alanis King June 5, 2015 0 comments
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AUSTIN, Tex. — With two days at X Games Austin in the books, top qualifier Scott Speed has more confidence for Saturday than he did in 2014— the year he collected his second gold medal in the event.
“I feel like we have a better chance right now, this week, after qualifying than we did last year,” Speed said. “So, I feel optimistic in that regard.”
Despite optimism from posting the fastest time in Friday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross qualifying session just ahead of teammate, Tanner Foust, Speed said that the rest of the event is in his hands. According to Speed, a cautious approach to “avoid being wrecked the first corner” will be an important factor in advancing to a top spot in the final.
“It’ll be important to just have a smooth heat tomorrow and not have any problems,” Speed said. “We’ve just got to run a clean race, and if we do that, I think we’re in a really good position to win another gold.”
From the position that Speed finds himself in and a claim to the top qualifying spot, the driver says that his team has more than one good thing working for them in Austin.
“There’s two things: one, you know you’re the fast car, so it’s always better to have pace in your car — that makes the racing easier,” Speed said. “Second is, the starting position for the heat race is the most optimum.”
In addition to believing the track layout to be “better than last year,” Speed said that competing at X Games in a Volkswagen Beetle race car “is awesome.”
“Clearly, it’s a big step forward from the cars we had last year,” Speed said. “[The Polos] were rental cars, and these are real race cars.”
And if Speed’s car crosses the line before the rest to make him the first driver to collect three GRC wins X Games, his next challenge will be to find a spot for the latest gold medal.
“My current two gold medals are with my two daughters,” Speed said. “Ava’s got one in her toy box and Amanda has hers — they’re their little necklaces. The third, I’ll have to find somewhere clever to store it.”