Team Preview: Team Red Bull

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Team Red Bull comes into the 2009 season with a slightly different look and a solid second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season to build on.

The Toyota operation has replaced A.J. Allmendinger with Scott Speed to pair up with team anchor Brian Vickers as it looks to move closer to securing its first victory in NASCAR's top level of competition.

Vickers turned in a surprise story a year ago with a series of several solid finishes and wound up 19th in the final standings on the strength of three top-five and six top-10 finishes.

He won a pole at Michigan and challenged for several possible victories throughout his second campaign with the team, giving Vickers a sense of optimism heading into the new season.

"We had some pretty bad luck a lot of the time last season, but overall you could just feel this team coming together," said Vickers. "It is always tough to start a new team in this business, but we have the people in place now that I think has us poised to make even bigger strides in the future."

One of those people is veteran management executive Jay Frye, who joined the team prior to the season as vice president and general manager. Frye, who oversaw the Ginn Racing team for several years, is credited with taking Team Red Bull to the next level and was rewarded quickly with a multi-year contract extension.

"I'm extremely pleased and quite excited to continue my relationship with the Red Bull Racing team," Frye said. "It truly is amazing to see the levels of potential, desire and dedication this organization has for wanting to succeed and be a leading force each and every weekend we compete on the track. To be able to continue to see this team achieve its long-term goals is something I'm very committed to."

The entire TRB operation is enthusiastic about its prospects for the coming year and watching Vickers and Speed create chemistry as teammates.

The team brought veteran crew chief Ryan Pemberton in to work with Vickers while Speed will have long-time chief Jimmy Elledge calling the shots in his freshman campaign.

"We're entering our third Sprint Cup season with driver and crew chief pairings that have what it takes to consistently compete at a high level," Frye said. "Brian and Ryan are each at a point in their respective careers where they can bring home wins and make a run for the championship.

"Scott earned his Sprint Cup ride by exceeding our expectations in ARCA and trucks. He has a great asset in Jimmy, who has experience working with both rookies and open-wheel drivers."

The colorful Speed, who ruffled some feathers with his aggressive driving style in both the ARCA and the Truck Series, is determined to prove he can make the move to NASCAR's top level.

"I've learned that I don't need to bring my ego with me, regardless of the direction I choose to take," said Speed. "I'm quite comfortable with who I am and very satisfied with my ability to drive race cars, regardless of which division or league we are talking about. This will offer new challenges and a learning curve."

Brian Vickers
Car No: 83
Manufacturer: Toyota
Sponsors: Red Bull
Crew Chief: Ryan Pemberton

2008 Stats
Races
Wins
Top 5s
Top 10s
Avg. Start
Avg. Fin.
36
0
3
6
21.7
20.7


Scott Speed
Car No: 82
Manufacturer: Toyota
Sponsors: Red Bull
Crew Chief: Jimmy Elledge

2008 Stats
Races
Wins
Top 5s
Top 10s
Avg. Start
Avg. Fin.
5
0
0
0
28.4
30.6


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