Sorenson Set To Succeed
June 26, 2010 | 10:49 A.M. EST
The team has been searching for a fill-in driver since Brian Vickers was forced out of the car with blood clots in his legs and lungs. Casey Mears was initially named as a replacement but the team parted ways with the veteran after two races which opened the door for Sorenson.
"I’m really excited," Sorenson said after Friday's practice session. "First of all, I’m glad to be here at Loudon. This is one of my favorite tracks and to be able to get this opportunity with Red Bull is pretty awesome. Hopefully I make the most of it. It’s a three-race deal and I’m looking forward to starting it off with a good run this weekend.”
Sorenson was released from Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of last season and has been driving for Braun Racing on the Nationwide Series this year with a handful of Sprint Cup starts for the team as well.
He's taking a cautious approach to his first chance to drive the TRB Toyota this weekend.
“I think we just gotta be smart," he said. "These guys are looking for some consistency and to just be smart all weekend, I think, and try to show a little spark and show what they had last year. I think that’s kind of what they’re looking for.
"I don’t think we have to go lead half the race and win the race or anything like that. I just think we gotta do a good job throughout the whole weekend and if we can finish good, then that’s what we need to do and not do anything stupid.”
Sorenson obviously looks at being tabbed to drive for TRB as a shot to demonstrate he can still be a valuable commodity as a Sprint Cup Series driver.
"You’re always auditioning, no matter what you’re doing," Sorenson said. "Even just being in the Nationwide car this year, it matters how you do. If you’re out there running bad and wrecking and things like that, I probably wouldn’t get an opportunity to be in this garage this weekend.
"So I think you’re always auditioning. These three races are huge, not only for more races in this car, but maybe for something else down the road in the future.”
With only three races on his TRB deal Sorenson says he understands the pressure to perform.
“There’s always pressure. I tell you, I’m more excited than I am feeling the pressure just because of the opportunity that it is," he said. "I’m really excited to get in the car and getting out racing and do the best we can. After this three-race deal, hopefully it can turn into something longer and that’s my goal. We’re just going to give it everything we have.”