Kyle Busch and Scott Speed Step Out of the Comfort Zone - Grand-Am Style

David PhillipsAnalyst IJune 16, 2009

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 14:  Scott Speed, driver of the #22 Red Bull Toyota speaks with Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Miccosukee Toyota speak on pit road prior to the start of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Cool City Customs 200 at the Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2008 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

July at Daytona is a time when real NASCAR fans can't wait wait for—neither can Kyle Busch or Scott Speed, who, surprisingly enough, will be teammates when the Grand-Am Rolex Series goes to Daytona.

Most people are wondering how Toyota would allow this to happen? Tada...Lexus is made by Toyota.

Busch and Speed will pilot the No. 02 Lexus Riley for Chip Ganassi Racing.

This will be both drivers' debut in the Grand-Am Series and the first time driving for team owner Gannassi.

We usually see NASCAR regulars attempt the 24 Hours of Daytona in Feb., but rarely see them enter in the July race.

Waste Management has came along to sponsor Speed and Busch. They will be teammates to the No. 01 Lexus Riley piloted by defending Rolex Series Daytona Prototype champions Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas—they are also the defending winners of the July Daytona race.

Busch won his first road course race in the Sprint Cup last season at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Cal, and Speed is a former Formula One standout. Ganassi Racing is a two-time Grand-Am Series Championship winning team.

It should be interesting to see how these two guys do racing in the prototypes.

I believe if Busch won the race, he would be the first person to win in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series, Camping World East Series, and could put Grand-Am Prototypes on his resume. (All would be done in the same season).

The Brumos Porsche 250 will be on July 4 live on SPEED Channel. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will follow the two-and-a-half hour race at 8 p.m. 

Info courtesy of Grand-Am Media.


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