Former Formula One regular Scott Speed will step up his NASCAR developmental program next weekend, when he is scheduled to make his Craftsman Truck Series debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Speed will drive the No. 46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports entry with backing from primary sponsor Red Bull at AMS, and follow that with a second NCTS start at Martinsville Speedway on March 28.
"The reason we went this route," Speed said, "is because the truck is the most similar to the COT (NASCAR's Car of Today). It's very sensitive to the other cars around you, where they are and what they're doing to your car. This is kind of the method behind our madness here."
Speed, of Manteca, Calif., is in his first full season as driver of the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota Camry in the ARCA RE/MAX Series under the guidance of Eddie Sharp Racing.
-- John Sturbin