Monday, October 02, 2006

Who will be this man's teammate?

Okay. Let's cut to the chase. All everyone seemed to care about from day one was who the Team Red Bull drivers will be. Filling two high-profile seats on the NASCAR grid isn't easy these days. Lots of competition from the other car owners, both established teams and new ones. You've got several routes to go: 1) Aging veteran; 2) Middle-aged journeyman; 3) Young but unproven; 4) Even younger and a major rookie risk; or 5) Open-wheel hopeful. Drivers from all categories have been linked to the two seats -- from Bill Elliott, Ricky Rudd, Ward Burton, Kevin Harvick, Casey Mears, Scott Wimmer, Jason Lefler, Dale Jarrett, Jeremy Mayfield, Paul Menard, AJ Allmendinger to Patrick Carpentier. Did I miss any? Brian Vickers, well TRB signed him back in June. It's been over three months since that announcement and the Silly Season has toned down a bit with the Chase for the Cup taking headlines. But behind the scenes at TRB, the Chase for Driver #2 is in high gear. Speculation is even more rampant at TRB as only a few know the true status on driver negotiations. Closed office doors are common in the management wing. We could divulge the overwhelming choice, but then they'd make us take this blog down. So we will hold off for now...and wait.


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