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Q&A - Scott Speed

I have plenty of shoes. That is one thing I have tons of. I was never really like that as a kid. I get so much really cool stuff from Puma that comes in because I'm sample size. My collection just grows.

Q:
How many pairs of shoes do you have that you've never worn?

Scott Speed:
That's going to be a big number, too: 25, I'd say.

Q:
On the track, who will you go to for advice?

Scott Speed:
Everyone. It's difficult to get (helpful) advice. I'm an extremely talented racecar driver. There's nothing you can tell me that I don't know. What's impossible is the experience, doing it, getting the feeling for it. That's priceless. The experience plays a lot into it. Not necessarily into going fast, but making good decisions on what you want to do to the racecar. If our racecar's right, we're going to be fast. Then there's the racing itself. Just racing three-wide, racing on the topside, how that whole thing plays out as you go into a corner is completely different from road racing. I'm learning a lot as we go.

Q:
How hard is it to screw up the courage to go into those corners time after time?

Scott Speed:
When you're by yourself, it's pretty easy. When you get around a pack, when five guys go into the corner in front of you, see how that all shakes up, you learn it with experience. I could pick up the phone right now and call Jimmie Johnson, and he would tell me anything I wanted to know. That's what's really cool about a couple of the guys in this sport. It's like one big family. Everyone really helps everyone. It really makes it an enjoyable process to learn. Nobody's out to get you.

Q:
If you had grown up in Charlotte instead of California, would you already have 10 years of NASCAR experience?

Scott Speed:
No. I would have gone to Formula One anyway. Let's be serious. Formula One is still the pinnacle of motorsports in the world by far. You can't compare Formula One with NASCAR. You go to China and ask someone what NASCAR is, and they're going to say, NAS-what? You can't tell me a guy like Jeff Gordon or any of those guys wouldn't want to do it, either. It's just another level up. But as a business and as a racing series, it doesn't make as much sense and it's not as fun as NASCAR.

by Matt Crossman/Sporting News


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