Despite testing several possible candidates for its seat in the World Cup of Motorsport, A1 Team USA has plumped for GP2 frontrunner Scott Speed as its lead driver.

The Californian established his credentials by topping the times during two days of testing at Paul Ricard earlier this month, pushing himself ahead of rivals Colin Fleming, Jeff Simmons and Matt Jaskol in the eyes of team boss Rick Weidinger.

"Scott represents the best for the United States, and I think he clearly meets our obligation to utilise the very best talent that America can offer in order to win the World Cup of Motorsport," Weidinger said, "I believe that A1 Team USA has the best chance of success because of Scott Speed and our race team."

Speed has enjoyed a momentous couple of weeks as his career looks set to take off following a successful GP2 campaign. Although yet to win a race in the supporting category, the American remains in the battle for third place overall, and was recently confirmed as Red Bull Racing's official reserve for 2006. However, following last weekend's sale of Minardi to Red Bull, he now looks set to graduate to Formula One full-time next season.



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