Scott Speed is set to defend his 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercars championship this year, and he has a little more energy to propel him.
Speed is joining Rockstar Energy Drink in 2016. He will carry Rockstar logos on his helmet, according to an announcement made by Beyond Marketing Group. Speed joins teammate Tanner Foust in the sponsorship agreement.
“I’m super excited to be working with Rockstar Energy Drink,” said Speed. “I love what they’re doing right now with us in Rallycross.”
The former Formula 1 and NASCAR driver heads into his third season with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross this season, and he has already amassed a great record.
Last year he won the championship on the strength of two wins and eight podium finishes in 12 starts. In his first full season with the team in 2014, he won three times and finished third in the supercars standings.
Interestingly, this is not the first time Speed has been associated with an energy drink. He was the only American driver who graduated from the Red Bull Junior Program into Formula 1, racing with Scuderia Toro Rosso for two seasons. He and that sponsor also participated in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2009 and 2010.
Speed and Foust compete for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team of Michael Andretti, racing Volkswagen Beetles.
“Last year was the first full year with the new Beetle GRC and we put a lot of work into making the car reliable and strong,” said Speed. “I think we’ll be on full attack from the first race.”
“Scott is an amazing driver who has been successful at a lot of different racing disciplines,” said Michael Kelso, marketing director at Rockstar Energy Drink. “He’s extremely talented and a great ambassador for our brand. We’re proud to add another champion to our roster this year.”
The season will kick off May 21st, in Phoenix, Arizona.