Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The 83's Strip Show

Two days removed from the Coke 600, Red Bull Racing’s No. 83 looked like it was half dead in the shop today, still recuperating from a rough day and night in NASCAR’s longest race. You might be wondering what happens to such a top-notch machine that escaped LMS with a top five in hand. Here’s the abridged version, according to Doug Richert, the guy who helped Brian Vickers nurse this baby home.
- Stop, survey and assess what’s right and wrong with the car. That damn power steering deal was the focus of today’s investigation.
- Yank the TRD motor. It gets torn apart, packaged and shipped to the big brains at Toyota Racing Development on the left coast. They have their own checklist because this piece was stout for 600 miles.
- Yank the tranny, suspension, brakes, rotors … all the parts and pieces that get used up. Each department dissects its own stuff.
- Strip the bull of its scarred skin, which can make for a hell of a piece of memorabilia. Sometimes, the signatures of AJ and BV grace these pieces of sheet metal and are auctioned off for charity. Other times, they’re simply used as marketing tools.
- Clean the naked frame, check it, re-check it and send it back through the process. Once it’s all done, “You’ll never know the difference,” Doug revealed.
Check with your local Red Bull Racing shop employee for more details.


Anonymous toro rosso 83fan said...

Be good to that car, it is one fine piece! Re-skin it and lets run that bull again!

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your the best Brian!! Even with a power steering problem, you finished fifth. Great job by the team!

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Rasta said...

that just made a great background for my desktop at work! I want the first place version now!

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now that we know how the car ended up, how's the driver doing? That was a hell of a job on Sunday!

2:37 PM  
Blogger Krissy said...

How's Brian doing after that wild race? Let's clean that car up and get it back on the track.

P.S. Thank AJ for me! He was on Sirius Speedway today and was cracking me up. I need the laugh!


3:03 PM  
Blogger The Bull Spotter said...

BV is fine. We chatted with him today. He is relaxing with family members in a desirable location no doubt. Should be well rested by Dover.

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats great to know :) Did you guys find out what went wrong with the power steering?

3:33 PM  
Blogger Krissy said...

Thanks Bull Spotter for the information. Hopefully he is able to take it easy for a few days and then get ready for Dover.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous L 4 Lutefisk said...

I'm new to NASCAR this year only because Toyota is in it.

Good job, Team Red Bull!

4:22 PM  
Blogger Krystle said...

Hey Krissy, what did AJ say? I love his interviews on tv! I only have XM and didn't want to change b/c I liked Dialed IN along with Jimmie and Jr's show.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

Glad to know Brian's doing ok! That was an awesome finish by and awesome car, team, and driver!!!

Bring it on @ the Monster Mile Brian!!!


5:24 PM  
Blogger C said...

Good Luck next week Guys

5:26 PM  
Blogger FSUPooh83 said...

I agree with toro, BE GOOD TO THAT CAR!!! :) It was awesome!

Glad BV is okay and that he is resting! Thanks for the info Bull Spotter. You guys are the best!

I am so ready for the Bull to tame the Monster this weekend!

5:36 PM  
Blogger Krissy said...


Aj was on Sirius Speedway. He was talking about going into the infield with Riki Racctman. He said that he was going to just go back "Dinger" instead of Allmendinger because its too much to pronounce. He also said that Rutledge is not the conductor of the DingerTrain. What had me rolling was they started playing "Sexyback" by Justin Timberlake and he said "I'm dancing in my living room right now...in my underwear." I don't know who was having more fun, AJ or the hosts.

Then AJ started talking about Lynne. She has a recipe for something called S*x in a pan and the hosts wanted the recipe to put up with her "Oreo Balls" recipe. He said that he would check with Lynne about giving the recipe out because 'you know how girls can be about those things"

6:42 PM  
Blogger 83BullFan said...

Thanks for a killer race! It was great having the commentators focus on Brian, TRB and Toyota while 83 led all those laps. And with all that, you still have to qualify at Dover. Can't wait for NASCAR to change the qualifying rules next year.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous toro rosso 83fan said...

Krystle, Get rid of the XM, Sirius NASCAR radio is 1000% better. I have had both and Sirius is way better, plus AJ is on every week! And he is very funny.

4:22 AM  
Blogger Krystle said...

Krissy- Thanks for the info an AJ's interview.

toro rosso 83fan- I like my XM especially the music channels. Besides isn't XM and Sirius merging?

5:19 AM  
Anonymous toro rosso 83fan said...

They are attempting to. I had XM for 2 years and when Nascar switched so did I. The Nascar channel is way better, and for my taste ( 80's and alt rock) Sirius is better there too. Dang, I sound like a salesman! Your call though, I am hoping for the merge too because I am a big baseball fan.

5:33 AM  
Blogger Krissy said...

Krystle, You're Welcome. Hopefully the merger will happen sooner than later, so you can listen to the show.

Toro Rosso83fan, Don't feel bad about sounding like a salesperson.I figured it out that Sirius owes me some money with all the sales that they have had from my friends. Wonder who I need to talk to over there about it? LOL!

6:45 AM  
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7:52 PM  
Anonymous RVnGrammy said...

Congrats to Brian, Doug and the 83 team. That was a fantastic race to watch; glad Brian is doing ok after fighting the steering for so much of the race.

I finally got my fan club package (mail forwarding sometimes takes time) and love the photo! I have 4 (I think) autographed photos of Brian now...proud Founding Member of his fan club here!

Yep...reskin that Charlotte car and run it again soon.

Looking forward to seeing Brian and AJ run at Dover!

8:12 PM  

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