Scott Speed to run Luna-C Lamborghini this weekend at Watkins Glen

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Luna-C Clothing, makers of automobile influenced, technology infused and racing inspired clothing, will make a return to the racetrack this weekend as Scott Speed and Lee Davis will team up in the No. 03 Luna-C Clothing / Lamborghini Dallas Gallardo LP 570-4 this weekend at Watkins Glen International.

Speed and Luna-C Clothing will be promoting #SpeedToNYC during the weekend, highlighting the Volkswagen Rallycross NY event in New York at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on July 20th.  As part of the promotion, a Grand Prize Winner – selected from someone following @LunaCClothing and using the hashtag #SpeedToNYC between June 27 at 12:00am and July 3 at 11:59pm – will receive a trip for two to Volkswagen Rallycross NY.

For Speed, the former Formula 1 and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, this weekend’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America race will mark his first experience in a sports car – not to mention a vastly different experience than his regular ride for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross in Global Rallycross. Speed currently leads the Global Rallycross Championship after winning the first two races of the year in Barbados and Austin.

“I am really excited to drive the Lamborghini,” said Speed. “I have run a number of times in a Cup car at the Glen, but I have never run the full circuit so I am definitely looking forward to that! It’s very cool to drive for a company like Volkswagen Group who has such great brands as Lamborghini that give me the opportunity to do this race. It will be a lot of fun to race with my man Lee and to see what he’s got. I’m sure we will have a lot of fun! Either way, we’ll be the best-dressed guys out there!”

Davis is no stranger to racing or the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series. Partnered with Ryan Eversley, Davis was victorious in the first Super Trofeo race at Lime Rock and also earned a podium finish at the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“This came together very quickly, and if not for the efforts of multiple parties, it would never have happened!” said Davis. “I can’t wait to get back in that Lamborghini! It’s such an awesome car, and it will be a lot of fun to drive at the Glen. And I’m excited to drive with Scott – not many folks have the opportunity to drive with someone with Formula One credentials, so it’s a special opportunity. I’d like to thank Tristan Herbert and Lamborghini, Volkswagen of America, Lamborghini of Dallas, Andretti Autosport, and the whole Luna-C team which includes Ryan Eversley who will be working with me this weekend, as usual. Luna-C is the official ‘After Hours Clothing Provider’ for Andretti Autosport, and we’re proud to support them, Scott and Tanner Foust in their Global Rallycross Volkswagens this season.”

Luna-C Clothing apparel will be on site during the weekend at Watkins Glen International, allowing spectators the opportunity to see the technologies and fabrics used in the clothing worn by Speed, Davis & Eversley – including coldblack® and energear™.

The first Lamborghini Super Trofeo race will be held on Friday, June 27 at 4:10 PM ET, with the second on Saturday, June 28 at 5:30 PM ET.

Mario Andretti says Colton Herta could be next American star in F1

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Mario Andretti’s last Formula One victory is also the last by an American driver in more than 42 years on the international open-wheel road racing series.

If you had told Andretti that while he was celebrating on the Grand Prix of the Netherlands podium on Aug. 27, 1978 at the Vandzoort circuit, he wouldn’t have believed it.

“Absolutely not,” Andretti told Kyle Petty during the most recent “Coffee With Kyle” episode (video above). “It’s a shame. Somehow we have so much talent here, and either there’s no invitation or something there. But I think it’s time to give some of this young talent that, in my opinion, is absolutely capable.”

The Dutch GP was the last of Andretti’s 12 victories in F1 and came during his championship season. No one since has come close to matching his success in F1.

Mario Andretti drives his Lotus-Ford to victory in the 1978 Grand Prix of the Netherlands (Bernard Cahier/Getty Images).

Andretti’s son, Michael, took a full-time ride with McLaren in 1993 but left with three races remaining in a season marred by crashes and mechanical problems.

Scott Speed was the last American to run a full F1 season in 2006, and Alexander Rossi made the most recent F1 start by a U.S. driver in 2015. Rossi has said he has no desire to return to racing in Europe after winning the 2016 Indianapolis 500 and becoming an IndyCar championship contender.

But Mario Andretti believes Andretti Autosport has another rising star with F1-caliber ability.

“Colton Herta is one that comes to mind,” Mario Andretti said. “As a young lad, his dad sent him to Europe, he was doing Formula 3, and he knows most of the circuits there. He’s trained. He’s showed in his rookie season and won some premium races at COTA (and Laguna Seca), beat two of the very best Indy has to offer (in) Will Power and Scott Dixon.

“This is one kid I’d love to see him get a break over there to fly the U.S. colors again.”

Herta, 20, seems interested in exploring an F1 leap over the next few years. After winning Sept. 13 at Mid-Ohio from the pole position (his third career victory in the NTT IndyCar Series), the No. 88 Dallara-Honda driver is ranked fourth in the standings in his sophomore year and regarded as one of the series’ top prospects.

Herta recently told RACER.com “I’d love to give Formula 1 a crack” but said he also would be happy driving in IndyCar and IMSA.

A naturalized U.S. citizen who told Petty about spending several years with his family in an Italian refugee camp before coming to America, Mario Andretti said F1 brought an enormous sense of patriotic pride.

“Formula One is like the Olympics in a sense,” he said. “You’re in a different country, a different continent. When you earn that highest step of the podium, they play your national anthem. That’s when you take nothing for granted. You feel like I’m representing my country, and the proudest moments are those.

“I’d just like to see some other American drivers experience that. It’s time.”

Mario Andretti with four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton before the Nov. 22, 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).

During the “Coffee With Kyle” conversation, Andretti also discussed:

–His versatility as a winner in IndyCar, sports cars, NASCAR and Formula One;

–His 1967 Daytona 500 victory and how he enjoyed racing with crew chief Jake Elder at the famed Holman-Moody team;

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Mario Andretti and Kyle Petty saluted “The King” by wearing their Richard Petty-style hats during the latest “Coffee With Kyle” (NBCSN).

–Why he delayed his entry to F1 for a few years because of his earnings power in IndyCar. “I always say I’d race for free, but at the same time, you’re thinking of family and the future,” he said. “It was in the back of your mind that you can’t give up the earning power of IndyCar. That kept me from going full time in Formula One, but I always said that sometime in my career, I’d have to devote a period to Formula One.”

–On what it was like racing in an era when driver deaths were more prevalent. “If you’re going to do this, you’re not going to dwell on those negatives,” Andretti said. “There’s no way. You knew it was present. Especially in the ‘60s at the beginning of the season at the drivers meetings, you couldn’t help but look around and say, ‘I wonder who is not going to be here at the end of the season.’ We’d lose four to five guys. In ’64, we lost six guys.

“It’s something if you dwell on that, you’re going to take on a different profession. It’s a desire and love to want to drive that overcame all that and then the confidence it’s not going to happen to me. And then you pray.”

Watch the full “Coffee With Kyle” episode in the video above or by clicking here.

Mario Andretti looks on before the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2019 (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).