Full of Bull: Brian Vickers and Scott Speed

David PhillipsAnalyst IFebruary 24, 2009

Full of Bull: Vol. 1 Issue 2.

This week's review of Brian Vickers and Scott Speed drivers of the Red Bull Racing Team.

This week's journey out to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Cal. was a homecoming of sorts for Manteca's Scott Speed and Crew Chief Jimmy Elledge, from Redding. The duo rolled into thier hometown track with high hopes after a disappointing Daytona last week.

Red Bull Racing's Brian Vickers rolled in to town with Crew Chief Ryan Pemberton looking for better week with a lot less controversy than Daytona.

Vickers collected his sixth career pole in the 25-year-old's career in his 11th start at Auto Club Speedway. After the qualifying session however, Vickers' No.83 Toyota had problems with the engine leading to an unapproved change of the engine causing the No.83 team to have to start 36th.

Vickers got caught one lap down after a green flag stop when rain began to fall on the track. With 100 laps being completed, the No.83 Red Bull Toyota got the Lucky Dog and regained his position on the lead lap. After his final pit stop—with 40 laps to go—he restarted 12th and moved up to a 10th place finish.

After starting from the back, Vickers rebounded from his horrible week in Daytona and moved up 14 positions to 26th in the points standings.

Speeds first ever visit to Auto Club Speedway started off great, when he qualified ninth. Nevertheless, Speeds' high hopes ended early after having to pull his No.82 Toyota in to the garage with a broken exhaust system and 75 laps to go. He finished 41st and dropped to 42nd in the owner points with only three races to go until the 2009 owners points standings go in to effect.

Speed and Elledge must get things together and step up to the plate. This team does not want to be stuck having to qualify his way in.

This week Red Bull Racing Teammates head to the Las Vegas Speedway where Vickers has competed four times and has an average start of 22nd and an average finish of 28th. Last year his Red Bull Toyota started 43rd and finished 24th—one lap down.

This will be Raybestos Rookie of the Year Contender Speeds' first visit to the Sin City track, were he must get on track and rack up a good finish and have a good points day.

Until next week this is the Full of (Red) Bull review and preview.

If you missed Issue 1 read it here.