Scott Speed has found a new home for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Leavine Family Racing announced on Tuesday that Speed has joined the race team for a 15-race schedule in the No. 95 Ford. Speed spent the 2011 season with Whitney Motorsports, where he made 13 races in the No. 46.
Speed, who is from California, came to NASCAR from Formula One in 2010 racing full-time with Red Bull Racing, earning two top-10 finishes and leading 21 laps. Next season will be his fifth in the series.
“We are pleased to have Scott Speed join our team,” team owner Bob Leavine said in an press release. “We, as a team, want to give Scott the equipment and the resources he needs to win – and that is what I believe he will do for us in return.’
Speed has made 18 starts in the Nationwide Series and 16 starts in the Camping World Truck Series over the past four years. He posted a Truck Series win at Dover International Speedway in 2008. His best Nationwide finish came last year on the road course at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where he placed sixth. Speed earned his first career pole in the series in 2009.
The 28-year-old driver is thrilled to have the opportunity to compete with Leavine Family Racing.
“I am excited to team up with Bob Leavine and his guys at Leavine Family Racing,” Speed said. They have a solid group of guys working on the team and I think it will be a real fun deal. Our goal is to build this race team to become competitive. We know it will be baby steps, but we are all excited to get it rolling.”