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2005 Review
2005 proved to be a monumental year for the Red Bull Driver Search, as 2002 winner Scott Speed participated in the two Formula 1 race weekends as the test driver for Red Bull Racing. Speed became the first American to take part in an F1 race weekend in over a decade.

Two other Americans moved up the ranks of European open-wheel racing. 2003 Driver Search winner, Colin Fleming took on World Series by Renault and 2004 winner, John Edwards honed his skills in the Italian Karting Championship and European Formula Renault.

Back in the U.S., the Search continued with thousands of aspiring racers competing at over 60 karting centers across the country in the hopes of following in Speed�s footsteps.

Two hundred of these drivers progressed to the Run Offs where they were put through the paces in CRG karts with junior engines and Rotax RM-1 Superkarts at F1 Outdoors and Infineon Karting Center.

Eleven talented racers were selected to travel to the Semi Final in Sebring, where they competed in Skip Barber Formula Dodge racecars. In Sebring, two finalists were chosen: Casey Neal (17) of Middletown, OH, and Ryan Phinny (15) of Carmel Valley, CA.

The two drivers from the class of 2005 traveled to the Red Bull Junior Team test at the Autodromo Fernanda Pires Da Silva in Estoril, Portugal. Neal and Phinny tested alongside twenty-one drivers from fifteen different countries but neither was successful in earning a coveted seat on the Red Bull Junior Team.