Vickers, Red Bull finally agree
Finally, Brian Vickers has signed on the dotted line, agreeing to a new multiyear contract with the Red Bull Racing Team to continue driving the No. 83 Toyota, team officials announced Tuesday.
Vickers earned the team's first Sprint Cup victory on Sunday in the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Red Bull officials thought this deal was done six weeks ago, but Vickers hesitated until some details of the contract were clarified. That required Red Bull Racing Team general manager Jay Frye to make a trip to Austria to iron out those details with team owner Dietrich Mateschitz.
"I'm thrilled," Vickers said. "This has been a long time coming, and there is no where else I would rather be. I am looking forward to building on what we have started the last couple of years.
"It is an interesting experience being with a team from the ground up -- going through the growing pains, then successes, together. I am so proud to have been able to bring this team their first win."
Vickers also could give the team its first Chase competitor. He's only 12 points behind Mark Martin for the final playoff spot with three races remaining before the 10-race Chase begins.
"The team is continuing to prove that it is a consistent force week in and week out," Frye said. "Brian has been here from the beginning and he continues to be a vital piece of the puzzle with regards to our ultimate goal of building a consistent contender."
Vickers, 25, left Hendrick Motorsports after the 2006 season to join the new Toyota team, failing to qualify for 13 events in 2007. But Vickers ranked 19th in the standings last year and has six poles this season, along with 11 top-10 finishes, this year.
Terry Blount covers motorsports for ESPN.com.