Red Bull Racing’s Scott Speed will attempt an unusual double this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, driving in a Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race and a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on the same day.
On Saturday afternoon, Speed will team with Kyle Busch in a Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus-Riley for the Brumos Porsche 250. And if he qualifies for the Cup event, Speed will drive his No. 82 Toyota in the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday night.
Is Speed worried that two races in two different cars will affect his performance in either race? Not at all.
“Well, considering you can pretty much put a monkey in the [Cup] car and qualify at Daytona, I would say [Red Bull is] not really worrying about me qualifying,” Speed said Tuesday during a national conference call with reporters.
Speed isn’t worried about the Central Florida heat and humidity affecting him either, even though the Daytona prototypes are known for having cooling issues.
“That was the question when we decided if we were going to do it or not … : Is it good physically or not?” Speed said. “But we do it every week, and in that aspect [Busch and I] are both physically fit. It might be hot, but they also prepare for it. They have a bunch of fans in there and a good drinking system, good ventilation, as much as they can, and the stuff we are running in is the top-of-the-line stuff for the series. We’ll be all right.”