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For most racing drivers, landing a deal with an outfit like Red Bull would be a dream. The energy drink company has one of the most advanced driver development programs in the world, and is responsible for (among countless other feeder series champs) newly crowned Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel's ascension. Scott Speed, however, apparently doesn't feel the love.

The F1 and NASCAR driver has been with Red Bull for seven years, entering F1 as the first American driver in years before returning Stateside to race stock cars, still under Red Bull's auspices. And now, according to SceneDaily, he's suing his patron and employer to the tune of $6.5 million.

The reason? Breach of contract. According to the suit filed in North Carolina Superior Court, Red Bull significantly cut Speed's salary – by some half-million bucks, according to the complaint – and further failed to provide the budget his team needed to mount a competitive challenge.

[Source: SceneDaily.com | Image: Jason Smith/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I read about this yesterday. The thing is though, he failed to perform. Finishing 30th in the standings is not a good result especially with Red Bull on the side of your car. He just needs to head over to IndyCar. I think he will do much better there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Based purely on money alone, its hard to feel sorry for him.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You have ABSOLUTELY no clue what you're talking about. I personally know Regan Smith and the #78 budget is like 1/3 of what RedBull spends. RedBull has former F1 engineers on its team. They have crew who only do pit stops and train constantly.

      The #83 had different drivers all year and ran better. Its the drivers. Nobody has ever accused RedBull of not spending the dough to win. Ask Sebastian Vettel.

        • 4 Years Ago
        1. RedBull OWNS the NASCAR team just like it owns its F1 teams.

        2. Dave Kieffer, Engineer at Red Bull Racing Team, Moorseville, NC was an F1 engineer. Brandon Thomas, Chief Design and Development Engineer at Red Bull Racing Team, Moorseville, NC was an F1 engineer. This is just for starters I can go on. (Look them up on Linked-In or call the shop they are VERY REAL)

        3. No one has questioned how much Red Bull can and will put into a team. They have some of the deepest pockets, best facilities, and equipment. They lack drivers. Scott Speed is a joke. He was only in NASCAR because they felt bad for him and wanted to give him a chance because he clearly could not handle F1.

        4. Now stop acting like a 14 year old living with his mum because I can garuantee you I am a LOT closer to the situation than you will EVER be.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish my last name was "Speed".
      • 4 Years Ago
      In F1 he was at least as good as his more experieinced team mate.

      In Nascar I duuno whether it's true re the team underperforming or having not enough money in their budget etc.

      But after 7 years relationship with RedBull the least they could do, with a driver under a contract through 2012 is speak directly with the guy re letting him go. That's seriously classless and quite frankly STUPID.
      He was also informed very late when a lot of drivers have already settled contracts in many series for 2011, so this aspect is to be considered also.
      At the end of the day it's how strong his contract is. And also how much bad publicity does RB want? (horrible drink anyay).
      I suspect that wiser heads at RB will offer him something like 50-60 Cents on the dollar upfront to end this.

      He has a choice: Head back to say OW racing, say Indycar and prepare for the big upgrade for their 2012 season, or try and get any kind of OW ride. Note the guy has won a race in the truck division.

      But his biggest problem now is fnding ANY ride in ANY decent car to showcase his abilities in 2011.

      • 4 Years Ago
      If I remember correctly he also whined after he was let go from STR in F1.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should sue Speed for not living up to his name...

      Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week.
      • 4 Years Ago
      and the whole them not providing enough money for the team to be succesfull lets look at it this way. just to be a top 15 team each one gets at LEAST 30 million PER year just from sponsorship alone and even that doesnt guarantee toop 20 just ask juan pablo montoya who finished 17th in points after his points finish of 4th LAST year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As an American, I am embarrased that this guy is representing the drivers that come out of this country. What a joke.

      Not only does he sound like a blithering idiot/highschool sophmore, but his sense of entitlement is astounding. He was hired to perform a job and he failed miserably... embarrassingly. I can't believe he is ok with more attention being brought to how pathetic a race driver he is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Speed the reason y they cut your salary is because you need to drive for it.... And by the way you not going to get any money from red bull so good luck....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how every commenter (except for SpeedAdict) is going after Scott for being a bad driver.

      He wasn't a bad driver. It was the team. Red Bull was holding him back. As someone already stated, you have to spend a certain amount of money to be competitive in NASCAR. Ever notice that you never see the Furniture Row car winning races and championships? You always see teams like Hendrick Motorsports, Roush/Fenway Racing, RCR, Ganassi, and Richard Petty Motorsports up front. Red Bull Racing wasn't giving the team the money to become a competitor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe they should sue him back for being a sucky driver.
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