FINGER LAKES TO THE GREAT LAKES The road in Watkins Glen took us nowhere but the garage. Turn the page, and up next in one of our better tracks -- Michigan International Speedway. MECHANICAL GLEN-LINS: Just before halfway Sunday at ...
FINGER LAKES TO THE GREAT LAKES The road in Watkins Glen took us nowhere but the garage. Turn the page, and up next in one of our better tracks -- Michigan International Speedway.
MECHANICAL GLEN-LINS: Just before halfway Sunday at Watkins Glen, Scott Speed made his final right-hand turn in the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota. Early in the race, he had been running eighth that was until he went to the garage with engine issues on lap 12. He came back out, but retired for good after completing only 28 laps. He finished 43rd.
'ONE OF THEM RACIN' DEALS': Speed had an unfortunate run-in with then-teammate Casey Mears in June's race at Michigan, took the worst of it and finished 28th. We'll leave it at that. In his rookie season of 2009, his two finishes averaged 35.5.
VITAL SIGNS: Ranks 27th in the driver standings 10 points out of 26th.
RAF GOES POOF: After his Glen status read "engine," Speed's running- at-the-finish streak ended at 24 straight races. The mark had been tied for fifth in the series.
83. REED SORENSON
SMOKE VS. SAID: On lap 66 at the Glen, Boris Said's No. 83 Red Bull Toyota went for the same piece of pavement that Tony Stewart was trying for in turn two. But as Said said, "our two deals collided." He went spinning the No. 83's rear end hitting hard into the guardrail and finished 38th.
BACK IN THE NO. 83: Reed Sorenson drove the No. 83 in five consecu- tive races before giving way to Said's road-course expertise. But he's back this weekend at Michigan, where he finished fifth and eighth in his 2006 rookie season.
VITAL SIGNS: The No. 83 ranks 26th in the owner standings 68 points from 26th.
SHOW ME THE CAR FACTS: In the No. 83's seven Michigan races since 2007, the car has finished ninth or better five times. The No. 83 has won three poles, only once started worse than 18th and has led 88 laps.