Red Bull Racing news 2008-09-18

+ CONQUERING CONCRETE The last time the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota visited Dover, Brian Vickers was slapped with two speeding penalties leaving pit road that translated into a 13th-place finish. Vickers' teammate, AJ Allmendinger, qualified eighth and...

+ CONQUERING CONCRETE
The last time the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota visited Dover, Brian Vickers was slapped with two speeding penalties leaving pit road that translated into a 13th-place finish. Vickers' teammate, AJ Allmendinger, qualified eighth and finished 37th.

Round two on Dover's concrete high banks comes with Sunday's Camping World RV 400.

Brian is coming off a 35th-place finish Sunday at New Hampshire. He's 16th in points, with three top fives and six top 10s this season, and owns five top-20 finishes in nine starts at Dover.

AJ ended up 38th at New Hampshire. His No. 84 sits 36th in the owner standings — 15 points from the top 35.

+ SCOTT RETURNS TO THE ROAD
On paper, ARCA's next event (Sept. 28) is just another race. But New Jersey Motorsports Park's Thunderbolt Raceway is a 2.3-mile, 14-turn road course that caters to Scott Speed's skill set.

He has, after all, traversed some of the world's finest circuits in Formula One. New Jersey, no problem.

"We'll be fine. We'll bring really good stuff there. No need to worry," he said. "We just need to stay on course, finish these last three races and we'll win the championship."

Coming off an eighth-place finish at Salem — his series-leading 16th top 10 — Scott leads the ARCA RE/MAX Series standings by 90 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with three races remaining.

On the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series side, Scott hasn't driven the No. 22 Bill Davis Racing Red Bull Toyota since June at Michigan. He'll return to that seat Saturday at Las Vegas.

+ THREE CHEERS FOR VETTEL
There he was, lounging in his home away from home in motorcoach space No. 30 at New Hampshire. On the tube Sunday morning was the Formula One Italian Grand Prix, and Brian Vickers couldn't turn away while a young Red Bull athlete drove to his first F1 victory.

"I watch F1 every week it is on," Brian said. "Sometimes I watch live, but most of the time I record the races and watch later, usually in my motorcoach. I set my TV to record all NASCAR and F1 races."

Brian's TV archived a historic occasion, as Scuderia Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel, 21, won the wet-weather Italian GP some 12 seconds ahead of Heikki Kovalainen.

"I cheered for Vettel," he said. "I am very happy and proud for Red Bull. I had the opportunity to spend time with Sebastian in the off-season in Austria. He is a great guy."

Brian drives stock cars with 850 horsepower at 9,000 rpms. Vettel pilots Earth-bound fighter planes with 700 horsepower at 19,000 rpms.

"I love the technology and the speed of the cars — and racing in the rain," said Brian, who attended the 2006 United States Grand Prix. "The normally dry races can be extremely boring, but racing in the rain is great."

+ 82, 83 AND 84
Three Red Bull Toyotas will partake in the Monday-Tuesday Sprint Cup test session at Lowe's Motor Speedway, with Scott Speed's No. 82 complimenting the Nos. 83 and 84.

"This is more about seat time," Scott said, "to see how we stack up against the Jeff Gordons and Jimmie Johnsons of the world. I like Charlotte. I've ran there in the truck, so I've had a taste of the track. But things are different when you're running with the Cup guys."

-credit: rbr

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Series ARCA , NASCAR
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Scott Speed , Heikki Kovalainen , Brian Vickers , Sebastian Vettel , Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Teams Red Bull Racing , Toro Rosso , Bill Davis Racing