Full of Bull Vol. 1 Issue 7
This week, Team Red Bull went to the Texas Motor Speedway with high hopes and hoping to turn their season around, all of which did not happen.
Friday in qualifying, the unthinkable happened: Scott Speed and Jimmy Elledge were sent home and missed the Samsung 500 due to being outside the top-35 in owner points.
Vickers unloaded horrible in first practice. He was only 35th fastest after crew chief Ryan Pemerton and Team Red Bull made lots of adjustment's to the No. 83 Camry.
Vickers ended up qualifying 18th for the Samsung 500 at Texas. In the second practice, he was 20th fastest in race trim. The team made more adjustment's to the Toyota, which didn't pay off in final practice. The No. 83 was even worse than when they unloaded, being 38th fastest in final practice.
When the race started Sunday, Vickers and the crew didn't know what to expect except a long day. They didn't expect it to be as long as a day as it was, and they threw everything at it, making all kind's of adjustments on the car.
Definitely not the day that Red Bull Corp. wanted, having the newest Red Bull Athlete Reggie Bush on top the pit box (pictured with Vickers above).
Vickers finished 16th in Sunday's race despite gambling on a late stop for only two tires. With the ill-handling Toyota only having two fresh rubbers, there was no way that it would work with everyone having four new tires.
"We tried everything, but we just couldn’t seem to get the car to come alive. We just battled it all day long," Vickers said. "The track tightened up a lot since practice yesterday. The car was loose in traffic, and that is where we were stuck most of the day. Ryan (Pemberton, crew chief) and the guys worked hard on pit road to try to make the car better, but we just fought it."
This weekend, the driver's of the Sprint Cup will take the Easter holiday off before returning the following Saturday for the first night race of the 2009 season at the Phoenix International Speedway, a track Vickers has had no luck while driving for Red Bull.
In three start's with Red Bull, Vickers has a DNQ, a 22nd, 32nd, and 38th starting position. Before that—while with Hendrick Motorsports—he captured four out of five starts in the top-10.
Vickers has an average finish of 19th, but finished 25th and 42nd there last year.
Speed Demon was unable to make the "speed" needed to make the race and has missed his first race this season.
When he showed up at Texas, he was 43rd fastest, and ended up qualifying 44th.
Speed is now 96 points out of the top-35 and will struggle all year to battle to stay in contention to get back in the top-35.
Good luck at Phoenix for Speed. He has one start in the fall event last year, when he started 43rd and finished 38th.