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Former F1 driver Speed taking more traditional route to Cup Series

Scott Speed doesn't mind paying his dues learning how to drive taxi cabs. After all, he tells Ryan McGee, he's got a lot to learn.

Updated: May 7, 2008, 4:37 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

On May 4, 2007, Scott Speed was chilling, unwinding after a weekend of Formula One racing in the sunny, sandy oasis of Sakhir, Bahrain. He and his friends were back home in Europe, hitting one of their favorite Italian dining spots.

On May 4, 2008, Speed was sweating in the sunny Sandhills town of Rockingham, N.C., chatting about his previous night out in the nearby golf oasis of Pinehurst, N.C.

"We were told about a nice little authentic Italian place ...

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