Texas: Red Bull Racing race report

The No. 83 Red Bull Toyota didn't have the best starting spot for Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway, but Brian Vickers worked himself into the top-20 in no time. The Red Bull Racing Team used all 339 laps of the race to make adjustments to ...

The No. 83 Red Bull Toyota didn't have the best starting spot for Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway, but Brian Vickers worked himself into the top-20 in no time. The Red Bull Racing Team used all 339 laps of the race to make adjustments to improve the handling on Vickers car, but couldn't maintain the pace of the leaders, who lapped all cars up to 11th place.

A race with minimal caution flags challenged the No. 83 crew to pit under green three separate times, making it hard for Vickers to gain any ground on the leaders. The Red Bull crew squeezed everything they could out of a mediocre day, earning themselves a 16th-place finish. The No. 83 stayed put in 18th-place in owners points, quietly stalking the coveted top-12. After qualifying 9th, the No. 84 underwent an engine change before the race, forcing the Red Bull Toyota to start from the back of the field.

No. 84 driver Mike Skinner fought with an ill-handling car from start to finish of Sunday's race. The Red Bull Racing Team made many adjustments during pit stops, but Skinner felt the car was "on the edge" and reported multiple times that he was on the verge of wrecking. Skinner kept it on the track and with a little bit of luck and attrition brought home a 29th-place finish. The No. 84 moved from 41st to 40th-place in owners points. Steady progress will "get ‘er done."

Brian Vickers: "Track position was everything today. With all the green flag laps, it was hard to gain any ground on the leaders. Clean air helped our car's handling, but it was hard to pass once I caught up to traffic. Nobody gave up though and we improved the car by the end of the race."

Mike Skinner: "It makes for a long race when your car isn't driving so well. We were so close to the edge the entire race. We made a lot of changes, sometimes improving the car and sometimes not, but that's all a part of the game. The guys that finish well are the guys that have the game figured out."

-credit: rbr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner , Brian Vickers
Teams Red Bull Racing