Scott Speed Drives A Taxi To Supplement His Income
Times are tough in the racing world, and even teams with big budgets are having to face cutbacks in salaries and operating costs. Take Scott Speed, for example: the former Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 driver has apparently been reduced to driving a taxi in Chicago to offset the salary that Red Bull Racing pays him to compete in Sprint Cup. Worse, he’s using a modified Sprint Cup car to haul passengers since he clearly can’t afford a clapped out Crown Vic of his own. Oh, the huge manatee.
Seriously, the idea for the commercial is genius, but I give them a C- on execution. I don’t suppose tire-shredding burnouts, four wheel drifts through corners or eardrum-rupturing runs to redline with an unmuffled exhaust are socially acceptable, even in Chicago. The video’s near-absolute lack of hoonage almost puts it in the “lose” category, but the passenger expressions make it worth watching.
Maybe they should have filmed it in Boston. Would anyone even notice clouds of tire smoke and power-on drifts through corners in Boston? Or how about New York, since every NYC cab I’ve ever been in was driven with more velocity than Speed’s Camry.