Sources: Kasey Kahne closes in on ride
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Negotiations are in the final stages for Kasey Kahne to drive for Red Bull Racing in 2011, sources told ESPN.com on Monday.
Kahne's future has been in limbo since he signed a deal in April to drive the No. 5 car at Hendrick Motorsports in 2012 with the understanding that team owner Rick Hendrick would find him a ride for 2011.
HMS officials declined to comment on the situation and attempts to reach Red Bull Racing officials and Kahne, in his final year of driving the No. 9 Ford at Richard Petty Motorsports, were unsuccessful.
Hendrick recently said he's had more options for Kahne than initially expected. He also acknowledged there was a possibility that Kahne could drive something other than a Chevrolet in '11.
Red Bull Racing, which fields Toyotas, currently has Brian Vickers and Scott Speed under contract although Vickers was ruled out for the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with blood clots in May. He has been replaced by several drivers, with Reed Sorenson expected back in the car this week at Michigan after Boris Said drove the road course at Watkins Glen on Sunday.
Team officials were scheduled to meet with Vickers and doctors, possibly this week, to discuss his progress and whether he will be able to return next season.
Kahne is 17th in points heading into Michigan. He has 11 career wins, his last coming at the Sept. 6 Atlanta race in 2009.
David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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