Sources: Vickers gets multiyear deal
Sprint Cup driver Brian Vickers has agreed to a multiyear contract to remain the driver of the No. 83 Toyota for the Red Bull Racing Team, sources confirmed Wednesday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. An official announcement is expected later this week.
Vickers, 25 and a native of Thomasville, N.C., is competing in his sixth Cup season. He was in the last year of a three-year contact with Red Bull, but team officials had an option to extend the deal one season.
Vickers wanted a multiyear agreement, which team officials gladly accepted to keep Vickers in the organization long term.
He ranks 17th in the Cup standings this season with five top 10s and two poles. Vickers' best results this year are fifth-place finishes at Atlanta in March and Charlotte last month in the Coca-Cola 600.
Vickers left Hendrick Motorsports to join the newly formed Red Bull team in 2007 when Toyota entered the Cup series. His one Cup victory came at Talladega in the No. 25 Chevrolet for Hendrick in 2006.
Vickers won the 2003 Nationwide Series title, becoming the youngest series champion in history at age 20. He has more than $20 million in career earnings, including $1.9 million this season.
Terry Blount covers motorsports for ESPN.com.