One car was solid. The other struggled. Either way, Red Bull Racing Team took a giant step at Infineon Raceway. "If we look back at it, 12 months ago it was a really bad weekend for the team," said Elton Sawyer, the team's competition ...
One car was solid. The other struggled. Either way, Red Bull Racing Team took a giant step at Infineon Raceway.
"If we look back at it, 12 months ago it was a really bad weekend for the team," said Elton Sawyer, the team's competition director.
Infineon 2007 was a dark day in the history of Red Bull Racing. In the team's first crack at a road course, Brian Vickers' No. 83 and AJ Allmendinger's No. 84 were in the bottom seven in opening practice, qualified 42nd and 43rd and went home two days early.
Now, fast forward to the 2008 version of the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Brian qualified 26th, AJ 36th. Brian finished 14th, AJ 37th after the No. 84 team battled electrical problems and fell two laps down.
Still, huge strides were made in a fairly uneventful road course race.
"I was proud of everyone," Sawyer said.
Brian's fourth-straight top 15 finish helped him climb to 15th in the driver standings. He's 104 points from earning the Chase's 12th and final invitation. AJ and the No. 84 sit 37th in the owner standings 129 points out of the top 35.
Brian Vickers: "We got a slow start. The car just did not take off with restarts. It was way, way too loose. That hurt us. Then on long runs we were really good. Once we burned some fuel, we had a good, strong car. Unfortunately, we were mired in traffic all day. Then we missed our pit window and a lot of the guys pitted right when the caution came out -- the lap of or the lap before. That put us back in even further traffic. Staying out of trouble there at the end of the race and surviving those cautions was able to have us leave here with a solid day."