Dec. 13 news and notes Report: Scott Speed sues Red Bull -- 4 p.m ET Scott Speed has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Red Bull Racing, according to a report at SceneDaily.com.
Speed has reportedly sued his former NASCAR Sprint Cup team for $6.5 million in North Carolina Superior Court. According to the story, Speed claims that Red Bull did not fund the team at a competitive level.
Red Bull terminated the contract of Speed, 27, following the 2010 season.
Speed, a former Formula One competitor, raced in ARCA in 2008 and for two full Sprint Cup seasons with Red Bull. His departure from the team at the end of this season wasn't unexpected as Red Bull signed Kasey Kahne to drive in 2011. That left Speed and Brian Vickers, who missed the majority of this season for medical reasons, both with the organization that already confirmed plans to only run two teams next season, with Vickers expecting to be able to return for the full season.
Speed finished 35th in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup standings and 30th this season. He has three top-10 finishes to his credit at the Cup level. According to the story, Speed's contract would have carried him through 2011, with options for 2012 and 2013, and the $6.5 million represents the salary lost.
Biffle honors hometown track winners -- 4:30 p.m. ET Roush Fenway Racing's Greg Biffle took advantage of a trip to his hometown to honor a few local favorites.
Following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony, Biffle headed to Vancouver, Wash., where he co-hosted the awards banquet for the DAA Northwest Spec Motor Series. The night culminated with the presentation of the champion's trophy to 32-year-old Greg Walters of Banks, Ore., who won the title in the final lap of the final race.
The local series consisted of 18 races at six racetracks in the northwest. Earlier this year, Biffle announced his partnership with two of the tracks on the circuit - Sunset Speedway Park and Grays Harbor Raceway.
"I grew up racing in the Northwest and I really enjoy the local short-track racing," Biffle said. "The reality is that local racing was dying in the Northwest. I knew guys out there who wanted to continue to race on Friday and Saturday nights, and we were able to come up with a way that made it affordable. We were also able to bring DAA Northwest and Sherwin Williams on board for this inaugural season."