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Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:08 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 11:17 am

2012 Sprint Cup Series driver changes

By Pete Pistone

Fans won't be able to tell the players - or in this case drivers - without a scorecard this coming Sprint Cup Series season. There have been numerous driver changes, swaps and movement since the final checkered flag of 2011 flew at Homestead last November.

You can keep up with all the new faces in new places right here, which will be updated regularly as more changes take place:

No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

In: Kasey Kahne comes over after a one year run at Red Bull Racing to take the reigns of the No. 5 Chevy, which will sport Farmer’s Insurance as its primary sponsor. Kahne signed the deal in 2010 but with nowhere to go in his four-car stable, team owner Rick Hendrick brokered a deal with Red Bull for last season. 

Out: Mark Martin ended his Hendrick tenure at the end of last season with a disappointing performance. Martin has moved on to Michael Waltrip Racing for 2012. 

Our Take: Kahne comes to Hendrick with Kenny Francis and the duo has become one of the best driver-crew chief combos in the Sprint Cup Series. They ended their Red Bull careers on a hot streak and bring that same momentum and confidence to the potent Hendrick organization.

No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

In: Clint Bowyer joins MWR after his successful career at Richard Childress Racing. Sponsor 5-Hour Energy will back the entry for the majority of the season and talented crew chief Brian Pattie comes on board to call the shots after leaving Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. 

Out: Waltrip has added a third entry to his stable to join incumbent Martin Truex Jr. as well as newcomer Mark Martin who takes David Reutimann’s spot with the team. 

Our Take: Bowyer brings MWR’s talent level up considerably and seemed ready for a fresh start after his contract talks at RCR stalled. He was in the enviable position of having a sponsor in hand and chose Waltrip’s operation as the place for the next phase of his Cup career. Getting off to a fast start will be key for the new team’s success.

No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge

In: A.J. Allmendinger slides into the Shell/Pennzoil Dodge in a move from Richard Petty Motorsports. The stars aligned for Allmendinger to get a shot at taking over a car that won twice last season and made the Chase and he seems an ideal fit for team owner Roger Penske’s style.

Out: Kurt Busch “mutually parted ways” with Penske after his tumultuous 2011 season and will drive for Phoenix Racing this season.  The infamous incident with ESPN reporter Dr. Jerry Punch at the Homestead season finale was the tipping point for Busch to end his tenure with Penske Racing. 

Our Take: Allmendinger has been able to perform under tense conditions at both Red Bull and RPM when financial issues played a big part in each team’s day to day operation. He now can rest assured that there will be stability at Penske and can concentrate on trying to elevate his game. There is some pressure taking over the wheel of a successful entry like the No. 22 and trying to win with a rookie Sprint Cup crew chief in Todd Gordon.

No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford

In: David Ragan lands with Front Row Motorsports after being squeezed out of Roush Fenway Racing due to sponsorship issues and not getting the call for open seats at Penske Racing or Richard Petty Motorsports. Ragan stays in the Ford camp with the move.

Out: Travis Kvapil is the odd man out at this poont although team officials haven't ruled out the possibility of a third entry at selected races with Kvapil splitting time with J.J. Yeley and Michael McDowell. A former truck series champ, Kvapil joins the list of drivers impacted by sponsorship issues in 2012.

Our Take: Ragan is a Sprint Cup Series race winner with his Daytona victory last July and has the talent to potentially bring this team up a notch or two in the performance department. But make no mistake, Front Row is by no means anywhere close to having the resources of a Roush Fenway Racing and Ragan will have a challenging season ahead trying to be success with a much smaller and less funded race team.

No. 35 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet

In: David Reutimann has landed with the upstart independent team after his release from Michael Waltrip Racing. The popular driver will pair with Dave Blaney in what TBR hopes will be a two-car effort for at least 26 races with sponsorship dictating the complete schedule. 

Out: TBR ran a handful of races with the car last season that saw the likes of Stephen Leicht, Geoffrey Bodine and Steve Park behind the wheel. 

Our Take: TBR was the quintessential David vs. Goliath story last season and scored some much needed exposure with a number of solid runs particularly at Daytona and Talladega. The team will face another uphill battle this season but the addition of Reutimann and his marketability could bring in additional sponsorship dollars that will in turn help the organization became more competitive.

No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford

In: Aric Almirola was the somewhat surprising choice to take the wheel of the famed No. 43 entry at RPM. Almirola spent last year driving for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series and after running a handful of Cup races for RPM in 2010 was tabbed to fill the seat of the iconic ride for 2012. 

Out: A.J. Allmendinger was granted his release from the team after primary sponsor Best Buy opted to leave for Roush Fenway Racing. Allmendinger then signed on to drive the No. 22 Dodge at Penske Racing. 

Our Take: The good news is RPM remains a two-car effort and that the No. 43 stays on track for 2012. But the team once again faces a rebuilding process taking on a new driver in Almirola to pair with Marcos Ambrose. Allmendinger had made strides to bring the organization up to the next level and seemed to be knocking on the door for his first career Sprint Cup win last season. There will be pressure on Almirola to continue that upward trend.

No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet

In: Kurt Busch takes his much-publicized leap from Penske Racing to James Finch’s operation in hopes of “putting the fun” back into his racing career. The team once again continues its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports ensuring quality cars and potent engines for its 2012 effort. 

Out: Landon Cassill piloted the ride for the bulk of the 2011 season when the 51 entry wound up finishing 30<sup>th</sup> in the final owner point standings. 

Our Take: Right out of the box look for Busch to be a factor at Daytona as Finch’s teams always perform well at restrictor plate tracks. The former series champion’s considerable talents automatically elevates the organization and it won’t hurt having someone of Busch’s stature when hunting down new sponsors. But whether Busch is in for the long haul when tough times inevitably come for the small, one car operation remains to be seen as well as whether he can take the team further up the point standings.

No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

In: Mark Martin signed a two-year deal to drive the former No. 00 Camry with sponsor Aaron’s on board in a 25-race schedule. Team owner Waltrip plans to pilot the entry for five more races at Daytona, Talladega and Kentucky.

Out: David Reutimann was released at the end of last season with Waltrip and sponsor Aaron’s citing a lack of performance as the main reason for the change. 

Our Take: Martin still has the desire to drive and at times showed he could get the job done last year in both his time with Hendrick’s No. 5 Sprint Cup entry as well as some limited starts for Turner Motorsports’ Nationwide program. The 25-race slate should fit perfectly into Martin’s limited schedule desires. Waltrip’s four plate race starts as well as the home date in Kentucky will provide exposure and publicity for the sponsor, the former Daytona 500 winner and spokesperson extraordinaire's specialty.

Dropped teams

No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

The loss of full-time sponsor UPS forced team owner Jack Roush to shut down his fourth entry for the 2012 season leaving David Ragan on the unmployment line. Despite winning his first career Sprint Cup Series race last July at Daytona, Ragan was forced out of RFR at season's end.

No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Sponsorship issues led to team owner Richard Childress to eliminate this entry from his Sprint Cup stable and to part ways with Clint Bowyer, who left for Michael Waltrip Racing. RCR goes back to three teams for the 2012 season with Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Paul Menard

No. 4 and No. 83 Red Bull Racing Toyotas

The departure of Red Bull as both owner and sponsor of this team means two less entries for the 2012 Sprint Cup Series campaign. General Manager Jay Frye was not successful finding new investors to keep the organization's doors open and an official shut down was the aftermath. While Kasey Kahne has landed at Hendrick Motorsports, Brian Vickers does not have a ride lined up for the new season. 


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Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:06 pm

Michael Waltrip's team eyeing Red Bull assets

By Pete Pistone

Michael Waltrip Racing is close to acquiring assets from the now-defunct Red Bull Racing operation.

Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's "Sirius Speedway" is reporting that MWR is negotiating to purchase the assets of the former Sprint Cup Series team. 

In addition to cars from the team's Toyota fleet, MWR is said to be considering the purchase of equipment and even the former headquarters building.

But the most important element to any transaction would be the transfer of owner points from Red Bull, which had cars inside the Top 35 last season with drivers Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers.

Those two spots are guaranteed starting positions in the first five races of the 2012 season including the lucrative Daytona 500.

Waltrip's team plans to run three cars in the 500 but while Martin Truex Jr. and Mark Martin have secured spots in the race newcomer Clint Bowyer does not.

The purchase of Red Bull's assets would solve that problem as those points could be transferred to MWR's No. 15 entry.

NASCAR has final approval of all such transactions but the sanctioning body has not stood in the way of several similar moves between teams in the last few seasons.

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:37 am

Red Bull to shut down on Thursday

By Pete Pistone

Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio's "Sirius Speedway" is reporting Red Bull Racing's five-year run as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team will come to an end on Thursday, when the last of approximately 150 employees will be laid off and the competition shop shut down, presumably for good.

After 284 Sprint Cup starts, over 106,000 competitive laps and two victories, the team informed its remaining employees this week that Thursday will be the final day of operation. A memo was distributed by the team's Human Resources Manager outlining severance procedures and establishing a schedule for exit interviews.

After a brief team meeting &. the team will raffle off sheet metal, mementos and photos that have hung at the Red Bull shop and distribute cases of Red Bull to departing employees. "We know it will be a difficult day for everyone," said the memo, "as a large number of employees will be exiting the facility." 

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Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:10 pm

Kahne set for one-year stint with Red Bull

Selected comments from Kasey Kahne media session:

What are your goals this year with your teammate Brian Vickers?

“Just working together, he (Brian Vickers) wants to.  I want to.  Our teams (have goals), and to me it’s a good relationship and it should be all season long.  I think we can both get a lot out of it.  That’s the goal of having teammates.  I think it’s going to be good.”

Will this be a hard year for your knowing you will only be with the team for one season?

“It’s different than some situations -- or than most situations -- but it’s what we have.  Red Bull was really excited about it.  I was
really excited about it.  Kenny Francis (crew chief) and the team -- to me it’s a good thing.  I think it’s going to be just fine.  One year, we’ll do all we can to do it right and have a great season and go from there.  You never know what’s going to happen in racing.  You never know what’s going to happen at the end of the season.  It’s kind of always up in the air, but I would say that we can do a lot this year and really have a great year.”

How happy are you to have this ride with the current economic struggles in NASCAR?

“I’m really happy.  Something would’ve happened for sure this year.  Mr. (Rick) Hendrick was behind it and told me it would
(work).  So, that’s basically why I made the decision I did for kind of the next five years.  When he told me (about) Red Bull, I was like, they weren’t having a good season.  It wasn’t much of a year for them, but I know what they have here and what they do.  I know a lot of the people, so I got excited pretty quick.  Once I started going over there, even prior to drivi ng for them, and just knowing what was going on, talking to some of the guys, I was like, ‘Man, this is actually going to be a really good spot for me.’   So, it’s been exciting.  I think we can do a lot in this one season, as a team and as a company together.”

Does the one-year deal with Red Bull give you more incentive to be successful?

 “It definitely makes you want it pretty bad.  I think I will as long as I’m in racing.  I’ve always wanted to just do everything I can to win and this is one of those years where you go into it really confident because of the off-season and because of the way that Red Bull is preparing for this season.  I’m really excited.  I think we can do a lot.  I think we can run strong and have a lot of fun at the same time.  I’m looking forward to it and can’t wait to get started.”

Was it a coincidence that you drafted quite a bit with the Hendrick teams at the Daytona test?

 “The reason that happened is there were four guys who wanted to draft.  It was me and Brian (Vickers) and Jimmie (Johnson) and (Dale Earnhardt) Junior that first day.  So, we kind of all worked together and drafted together and it worked out pretty well.   Those are two good cars to kind of surround yourself with and see where you compared with those guys.  It was good for us.  As far as working together, I think Red Bull and Toyota do their thing and Hendrick and Chevrolet do theirs.  This year I’m working with Red Bull and Toyota.”

Do you have a different approach this year knowing you will only be with Red Bull for one season?

“It really doesn’t change because the way I look at it is I always want to make the Chase.  You have to make the Chase.  That’s
what everybody is here for.  You have to win races, that’s why we do it is to win.  That’s why we drive and race.  And the only way to do that is to be consistent in this sport and that’s something where I feel like I’ve failed over the years.  I’ve had years where I haven’t been very consistent, I’ve had years where we’ve been a lot better and that’s something that I need to get a lot better at.  To me, if I want to win races and make the Chase I need to be consistent.  That’s something I need to do this year, I need to do next year and on and on.  That’s the only way to make it happen in NASCAR.”

Why did you start racing with Red Bull toward the end of the 2010 season?

“As much as anything, I liked kind of just changing and starting out with a team and getting used to their ways a little bit.  I think
that was definitely good.  I think it was good for myself to get away from where I was.  It needed to happen sooner than later.  I think it was good for RPM (Richard Petty Motorsports) to get me out of there.  They were happy about it and I was happy about it and we’ve went on.  I’m actually really happy with where I’m at, and since Kenny Francis (crew chief) and some of the guys that I’ve worked with in the past have came over to Red Bull, I just feel really confident and really under control.  I know exactly what is going on.  I feel like that’s a good thing and it’s going to be really beneficial for all of us this year to have Kenny and a lot of the guys that came.”

What would it mean for you to win the Daytona 500 in this car?

“It would be great to win at Daytona.  I got a little bit of a taste of it by winning a 150 (qualifying race) there.  And, we ran pretty
strong there all of the races last year, it seemed like.  I feel confident running well at Daytona and the 4 has been impressive at times there so hopefully we can just have a really good Speed Weeks, be upfront in everything we do and start the season off right.  That’s all we can ask for, that’s what we’re going for.”

Are you disappointed you will only be with the Red Bull brand for a year?

“You never know how long it will be as far as my relationship with Red Bull.  Hopefully it’s a lot longer than one year.  Like I
said, I like what we have going on and hopefully we can do good things together this year and make it a longer deal.  If it’s only one year, it’s one year and I’m going to do everything I can to win races and do it right.”

Is it strange for you to have gone through all of the manufacturers in the series?

“It all changes a little bit.  I noticed how many cars are on the road and you look at what’s out there.  To myself, I liked the Dodge
stuff, I liked the Ford stuff, I like the Toyota and then I’m going to enjoy the Chevrolet.  I’ve never kind of been part of that.   Where I’m at, I’ve got to get a little bit of each one of them and I think it’s actually kind of neat for myself.  Yeah, I enjoy vehicles and I enjoy cars.  I’m with Toyota now.”

Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:57 pm

Vickers ready to get back behind the wheel

Selected comments from Brian Vickers media session.

What was involved to get you back in a race car?

“It was obviously a long process.  Not only finding out what happened and trying to figure out what’s the problem, how do we
solve it, where do we start -- you know, going down the list.  Going through the surgeries, having the heart surgery was not a small thing.  The doctor said, ‘You need to have heart surgery.’  It’s like, ‘Whoa.’  Making that decision, going through that process and then training again and getting back into the routine and getting prepared for the season.  Going back to my first test at Disney was a really big moment.  Being back in a car and not knowing -- there was a point in time in my life when I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to race again.”

How tough is it to watch racing from the sidelines?

“I find racing very entertaining.  I love to watch racing as long as I’m not supposed to be in the race.  I love watching the Truck

races every weekend and the Nationwide races and I always loved watching the Cup races growing up.  Watching a Cup race that
you’re supposed to be in from the sidelines, sucks.  It’s horrible.  I’ve used this quote several times and I want to give the guy credit that said it first because it’s true, but he said it the best, Dale Earnhardt said one time when he was out of the car that it was like watching his wife cheat on him.  That’s pretty much what it felt like sitting on top of that box, I know exactly what he went through.  I’ve talked to some other guys that have been out of the car before.  I talked to Kyle Petty a little bit about it, he was out for a period of time.  It’s painful to sit there and try to watch your car.  That’s why I didn’t go to a lot of the races.  Some of it was because I wanted to do things in my life that I’ve always wanted to do, but a lot of it was that when I was there, I was just miserable.  That was a large part of it.”

Do you view racing from a different perspective after having to sit out some races last year?

“Yeah.  Taking some time away -- I love racing, I love what I do.  I’ve been very fortunate to do it for a long time.  No matter
how much you love something, it’s human nature to lose sight of that sometimes and to get tired of things and grow old of things.   Being able to step back and lose what you love most really makes you appreciate it.  I think that’s going to show up on the race track, in my driving, my determination and my focus in a lot of things.”

What kind of teammate do you expect Kasey Kahne to be this season?

“We don’t want to judge it before it starts or put the cart before the horse, but I expect it to go really well.  Kasey (Kahne) and I --
have we had our run-ins?  Yeah, of course, but they’re far and few between.  We got along as opponents so I can’t imagine we’re not going to get along as teammates.  His experience level is going to bring a lot to the table.  That’s something Red Bull hasn’t had.  I’m not going to get into whether or not he’s a better, more successful, less successful driver -- that really doesn’t matter.   The point is that Scott (Speed) brought his own talents, but he didn’t have experience.  You can’t just make that, you can’t just create that.  It just takes time and that’s something Kasey does have.  Kasey has experience and depth in the sport.  I can lean on him, he can lean on me.  When he starts talking about something he’s tried at a particular track or a car setup or something that’s bothering him in the car -- he has the experience to back it up.  That’s something that we haven’t had at Red Bull.  No fault to AJ (Allmendinger) or Scott or to any of the guys that drove my car last year.  Kasey has a depth and experience that they didn’t and I think that’s going to help Red Bull.  It’s going to help the whole organization grow and grow stronger and better.”

How far has Red Bull come since starting in 2007?

“How much we’ve grown from the beginning is immeasurable.  When I was hired at Red Bull as the first driver, gosh, I was like
maybe the fifth or sixth employee.  Literally I walked in the shop and it was just me and a handful of other guys.  It’s incredible to watch the team go through everything it’s gone through and grow as much as it has.  The evolution from a handful of guys all the way to the company that it is now.  There’s been a lot of change.  There’s a group of guys that are still there – the core group that have been there since the beginning, but there’s a lot of guys that have come and gone.  That’s expected in a new organization.   You create an organization and you create a culture -- some guys are going to fit in it and some guys aren’t.  Doesn’t mean they’re bad or good, they just need to fit the right piece for the right puzzle and I think over the years I’ve seen the company and the culture – we kind of went one direction and then we changed and now we’re going back in the original direction that we went from a cultural standpoint.  I think all those are good changes.  We’ve learned a lot from that as a group and through that process people have come and gone.  Where we’re at right now, I really believe is as good as we’ve ever been as an organization.  From a direction, a culture, a structure, a passion, a drive -- I think the enthusiasm within the team on both cars within the race shop in the highest it’s ever been.  Having two experienced guys that can lean on each other is the best it’s ever been.  Honestly, I’m really excited about 2011 and the growth I’ve seen through the years.”

What was your feeling when you first climbed back in the driver’s seat of your race car?

“I savored it -- it felt good.  I guess you don’t really know what to expect, you’re not really sure which direction to go, what emotions to feel.  When you get back in the car, you’re not sure what’s going to happen.  My gut always told me that I would get right back in it and it would be just like an old pair of shoes or riding a bicycle, but everyone starts asking you, ‘It’s been eight months, do you remember how to drive?’  It’s not that you really start believing it, but you start wondering what that experience is really going to be like.  But when I got back in that car, the belts fit, I remember how to put them on – nobody had to tell me how.   In so many ways, I think I truly appreciated it more, but at the same time it was almost like I hadn’t even been gone.  It just felt so comfortable, it felt so good, it felt so normal to be back in that seat.  I got in, climbed in the car, the belts still fit, the helmet fit and I put it all on and went racing.  Just got back on the race track and it was a very special moment.”

Do you want the illness to be forgotten so your career is not defined by it for years to come?

“I don’t really care -- I just want to win a championship.  I do believe that the experience has made me a better person and
therefore I think that translates on the race track.  The person you are and the personality that you have is always going to translate in your driving style.  I want to use this experience as an opportunity to reach people whether it’s clot awareness or different things.  Do I want to be defined by it?  No, but ultimately you’re defined by your actions, you’re defined by what happens to you, you’re defined by a lot of things.  This is going to be one of them and I accept that.  After Daytona, I want to be talking about winning the race not about clots.  But I understand that who I am and what I do and what I’ve gone through, it ’s always going to be a part of my life.”

Did you ever consider retiring from racing?

“Absolutely.  Listen there was a point in time where it wasn’t really up to me.  We weren’t sure what caused it, what happened,
am I coming off blood thinners, am I not?  Medically we had to answer a lot of those questions.  There was a lot of time there where I wasn’t sure if it was even in my hands.  Once it was in my hands, I still had a decision to make.  If I decided to come back racing, was I going to be thinking about a blood clot every lap?  Was I going to be able to focus on my job?  Was I still going to love it?  Was it time to move on to something else in my life?  I had a hard decision to make and there were a lot of things that had to be weighed.”

What has the support from competitors been like throughout this process?

“There’s definitely situations with guys that have changed.  Some of the guys that were the most there for me were the obvious ones and the guys that I am the closest to outside of racing -- Casey (Mears), Jimmie (Johnson), Jeff (Gordon).  There were some guys there that checked in on me every once in a while and were very supportive -- Tony Stewart was one of the first guys to check in with me via text or phone.  When I was at the race track he would always say something.  He was the first guy to stick his head in my window at Daytona.  Tony obviously has his rough side and his moments and I wish he would show more -- it doesn’t come out as much as it used to.  I kind of liked it.  He’s a teddy bear inside.  He always has been to me.  He was great and I’m just giving you one example because I don’t want to go through all of them.  Him for instance, that meant a lot to me on a personal level.  It really did.  It really showed me a side to Tony that I’d seen some, but not directed towards me.  It was Sonoma when he and I got into it and that was awesome.  I think it cost him some money.  Back then I used to love to push his buttons and I was good at it.  Tony and I have become really close over the years and have a mutual respect.  Him and I race well together now and probably as good as I’ve raced with anybody on the race track.  Really hard when it’s time to be hard, but not when it’s not.  I think that’s a good example of what he did and how his little comments here and there meant a lot to me.  I still want to beat him and I think he knows that.  He expects that and that’s what he respects.  He’s not going to feel bad for me either.  He’s going to race me just as hard if not harder than he ever has and I like that -- that’s what I love about our sport.  That’s what I want.   I want to race these guys with respect and I want to race them hard, but when we all go home we’re all people.  We’re a community, we’re a team and the NASCAR community as a whole has been very supportive through this.  People talk about that a lot, but it’s truly there.  I think you really see it when things are bad.  How much everybody really supports you and are understanding.  I would even say that to all you guys here and all the media in general.  A lot of the familiar faces that are there week in and week out.  You guys were great -- you could have been in my business and asking just inappropriate questions, but you weren’t.  I understand you have a job to do and I think I talked about that in some of my press conferences.  I wanted to give you guys as much as I could, but in return I asked that you give me my space and you did and I really appreciate that.  I think that’s part of our community.  You don’t get that in a lot of other places.  I talked to some of my friends that are athletes in other sports -- they don’t get that, they don’t get that at all.  They don’t have the accessibility on the front end.  That’s why I tried to give you guys as much as I could.  That’s always meant a lot to me and I really appreciate it.  I think that’s another example of what you’re talking about with the community coming together whether it’s your peers as drivers or the media or the fans or the teams or whatever.  When Sunday rolls around I still want to win.”

Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:19 pm

Speed upset with Red Bull, says lawsuit imminent

Scott Speed announced via Twitter that a lawsuit against Red Bull was imminent.

"today should be the day my lawyer files this lawsuit against Red Bull...Had to tell my loyal twitter followers before they saw it online ;)," Speed wrote.

Speed told scenedaily.com
he understood the decision but was upset with how his release came down -- via fax the day before Thanksgiving. That same day his mother was diagnosed with cancer.

“I’m obviously stupid disappointed that I didn’t even get a phone call, not a conversation, not anything from anyone from Austria.They all showed up at Miami. None of them spoke a word to me. I got a fax.”

“They thought it was OK to kick me to the curb and not try to do absolutely anything for me. They didn’t want to pay me anything. They didn’t want to help me get into any other kind of ride. Nothing. They were, ‘OK, we’re done with you. Thank you for seven-and-a-half years.’

“Honestly, I’m still a little bit shocked over the whole situation.”


Speed, 27, had a short stint in the Formula 1 ranks for Red Bull before making the jump to NASCAR in 2008. He managed a win, four top fives and nine top 10s in 16 Truck starts in 2008, but has been slow to progress in Cup cars with just three top 10s in 76 career starts. He finished 30th in the rankings in 2010 and has a career average finish of 25.1.

Posted on: December 1, 2010 4:35 pm

Speed officially a free agent

Scott Speed announced through his Twitter account that he received a termination letter from Red Bull Racing on Nov. 24.

The news isn't a big shocker as it was suspected with the addition of Kasey Kahne -- if only for one season -- and the return of Brian Vickers from health issues that Speed would be the odd man out with Red Bull unlikely to expand.

Speed, 27, had a short stint in the Formula 1 ranks for Red Bull before making the jump to NASCAR in 2008. He managed a win, four top fives and nine top 10s in 16 Truck starts in 2008, but has been slow to progress in Cup cars with just three top 10s in 76 career starts. He finished 30th in the rankings in 2010 and has a career average finish of 25.1.
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