Monday, June 23, 2008

Like Night and Day

One car was solid. The other struggled. Either way, Red Bull Racing Team took a giant step at Infineon Raceway.

“If we look back at it, 12 months ago it was a really bad weekend for Red Bull,” said Elton Sawyer, the team’s competition director.

Infineon 2007 was a dark day in the history of Red Bull Racing. In the team’s first crack at a road course, Brian Vickers’ No. 83 and AJ Allmendinger’s No. 84 were in the bottom seven in opening practice, qualified 42nd and 43rd and went home two days early.

Now, fast forward to the 2008 version of the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Brian qualified 26th, AJ 36th. Brian finished 14th, AJ 37th after the No. 84 team battled electrical problems and fell two laps down.

Still, huge strides were made in a fairly uneventful road course race.

“I was proud of everyone,” Sawyer said.

Brian’s fourth-straight top 15 finish helped him climb to 15th in the driver standings. He’s 104 points from earning the Chase’s 12th and final invitation. AJ and the No. 84 sit 37th in the owner standings — 129 points out of the top 35.

Up Next: Lenox Industrial Tools 300, New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, N.H., Sunday, June 29


Blogger Brian said...

Just read on Jayski that Mark Martin is rumored to be splitting a ride with either Scott Speed at Red Bull or Brad K. at Hendricks next year. Hopefully it is Red Bull that would be awesome.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No it wouldn't.

Elton is not the only one that is really proud of the guys and the teams.

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only did the 83 earn the 15th spot in driver points but also gained in owner points to the 15th position, passed the 8.
Good job BV and the 83 team!

1:09 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Anon, this would be a third RBRT.

Also read ARMY could sponsor the third team.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Just gotta love Silly Season. I've read somewhere recently that Scott was going to be in a truck race fulltime in '09, nothing about him moving straight to Cup. Anyways, enough about rumors. Awesome job yesterday, BV. Had me worried at first, but at the end came up and finished solidly in the Top 15. Good luck at NHMS this weekend, everyone.


2:39 PM  
Anonymous Amzy said...

2 good races and A.J. will be in the top 35! Go get em boys!

4:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He should have already been there for how he race in the last 4 races! :(

11:38 AM  

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