Red Bull Racing announced it's driver/crew-chief lineup for the 2009 season on Monday.
It's no surprise that Speed will be paired with Jimmy Elledge, and will be driving the No. 82.
Ryan Pemberton was announced as Brian Vickers' new crew chief. Pemberton spent last year at Michael Waltrip Racing and his moving to Red Bull was no surprise. He's worked with the team's general manager, Jay Frye, at both MB2 Motorsports and Ginn Racing.
Red Bull has switched Speed's car number to the 82, and with NASCAR's approval they have the points from the No. 84 and are guaranteed a starting spot in the first five Cup races.
Speed will contend for rookie of the year honors in 2009. He'll also run a partial schedule in the Nationwide Series, with Michael Waltrip racing in the No. 99 car.
Speed, a former Formula-One driver, exceeded expectations set by Red Bull, having quite the year in 2008. He ran the entire ARCA schedule, sixteen races in the Truck series, and five races in Sprint Cup.
Like the combination of Speed and Elledge, he's worked with both rookies and open-wheel drivers in the past.
"We're entering our third Sprint Cup season with driver and crew-chief pairings that have what it takes to consistently compete at a high level," Frye said. "Brian and Ryan are each at a point in their respective careers where they can bring home wins and make a run for the championship." (scenedaily.com)
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