Man it's amazing what a year can do.
Last year, newly formed Toyota team Red Bull Racing entered NASCAR for its first season at racing's highest level. The team's debut year was absolutely horrible.
With the handful of top 15 finishes, Brian Vickers was obviously the bright spot in the team's season. Outside of Vickers, things just didn't seem to improve throughout the year.
Open wheel driver A.J Allmendinger, who made his NASCAR debut in 2007, was highly dissapointed with his performance. In 2007, Allmendinger failed to qualify for over half of the races, including the season opening Daytona 500.
The story has been different for the 2008 season. Brian Vickers has been leading the charge for an up-and-coming Red Bull Racing.
With three top 10 finishes, including a second place finish this past weekend at Pocono, Vickers is clearly in better position . One year ago, this team was 38th in points. After Pocono, Vickers is 17th in indivual points.
A.J. Allmendinger went into the 2008 season hoping to perform at his highest potential. Unfortunately he failed to make the season opening Daytona 500, as well as the next two races.
When Red Bull Racing officials temporarily put veteran Mike Skinner in the car, A.J. knew that this was for the best.
After being out of the car until the ninth race at Talladega, he has qualified for every race since then. He continues to improve after winning the NASCAR Sprint Showdown during the All-Star weekend. He has continued to qualify in the top 10 and posted his career best finish of 12th at Pocono
Things are definitely beginning to look up for the two Red Bull Racing cars, as their performance on the track continues to pick up. After a horrible debut season, leaving fans wondering what their future would be, Red Bull Racing is starting to prove they belong. They will be a force to contend with in the near future.
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