Monday, April 07, 2008

Save Made by Haaland


Red Bull Racing Team looks for the elite, the supremely skilled when it comes to servicing a stock car under extreme conditions. Brian Haaland is one of the elite and the skilled, partly because he was goaltender for the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s ice hockey team.

Haaland changes the front tires on the No. 83 driven by Brian Vickers, and he’s well aware that asphalt can be just as slick — and intense — as the ice between the pipes. He tended goal from 1999 to 2004 in Omaha.

“As a goalie, you have to be square to the puck to stop it,” Haaland said. “As a tire changer, you have to be square to the wheel to hit the lug nuts. Hand-eye coordination is big and being able to catch a 100-mph slap shot probably helps in reacting to certain situations on pit road.”

Haaland is one of the many athletes on Red Bull Racing Team’s pit squad, but no other athlete can say they’ve taken frozen pucks on the chin. “It’s such a team environment,” Haaland said of the No. 83 Bull Crew. “It reminds me of playing on a hockey team, where the guys are really close, training and pushing in the weight room and practice — and then on pit road.”

This week is special for Haaland. Two of his buddies and former teammates at UN-Omaha — Nashville Predators forward Jed Ortmeyer and defenseman Greg Zanon — are prepping for a first-round series against the Detroit Red Wings.

“I’ve got the NHL package,” Haaland said, “so I can check those guys out.”

Haaland’s prediction for the upcoming NHL playoffs? “I always go for the goalie. If Dominik Hasek is healthy, Detroit will be real strong. In the East, Marty Brodeur with the (New Jersey) Devils is tough.”

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear Red Bull has the tough guys working for them!!! Watching the pit crew work during a race is awesome the speed they have. Good job so far, keep up the good work.
Does any one know what is going on with Brian's web site? Are they redoing it or what?

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

didn't shaun peet play hockey?

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor peetie gets no respect...

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Amzy said...

Okay put A.J. in the car for Pheniox!! Theres only 45 entries which means he only needs to beat 2 cars! and one is Kyle Petty so thats an automatically 1 beaten! Come on TRB!!

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes BV is updating his website so we can get the real deal in 2008.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Savannah David said...

BV's pit crew has been on the money this year. Last year seemed to be "sometimes great" and "sometimes very rough" for the pit crew. I've noticed that we pick up a lot more spots than we lose, and rarely do we lose any spots - unless of course we're doing extra work on the car. Thanks for good job to Brian Haaland and the rest of the over the wall gang. Go get 'em boys!

3:25 AM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

FYI>>>According to Slugger Labbe (Scott Speeds new CC) they plan on running the rest of this season as scheduled and then a full truck season next year with maybe a few cup races later.

5:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck this weekend at Phoenix boyz! Lets get both bulls in the show, it's nice to have to cars to watch.
We Believe!

4:55 AM  
Blogger Curt said...

no Bull Chat this week? =(

2:22 PM  
Blogger Mouse said...

This is completely off-topic, but I was in the Charlotte area this week and stopped by TRB on Tuesday. The swag in the shop puts everyone else's merchandise to shame-it's all such cool stuff. (I especially appreciate the women's selection, all of which appear to have an amazing fit and look chic without being tacky or pit lizard-ish.) The viewing area was quite nifty and the receptionist at the desk was super friendly. (She even gave me a Red Bull!) Any Red Bull fans who have a chance definitely need to stop by there. Nice work, TRB!

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fans should stop buying redbull until AJ is back in the car!!! Skinner can drive a truck i have to give him that, but AJ is a better cup Driver then mike will ever be , AJ just need sit time.I hope Redbull know there killing the spirt of a great Driver sitting Him out to put Skinner in the car. Good luck AJ Hope redbull gets there mind right and put you back in ASAP!!!

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ's not coming back. He's going to join that austrian f1 guy in the unemployment line....

7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RBRT and Toyota both reported that AJ is back in the car for Talladega, so hold your horses people. If he doesn't get the car in at Talladega...then I bet heads will roll!

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ will soon be back! (that's what the word is) As far as buying Red Bull merchandise....I surport Brian and both TEAMS. I wish AJ was the driver of the 84 but still need to cheer them on! Go Red Bull Racing, I'll have my shirt on yelling for both cars!

8:02 AM  

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