Brian Vickers keeping options open

Updated: June 24, 2011, 8:49 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

SONOMA, Calif. -- Brian Vickers hasn't ruled out a return to Red Bull Racing if investors can be found to keep the two-car Sprint Cup organization running beyond this season.

"I'm going to keep all my options open," Vickers said Friday at Infineon Raceway. "I built a home here for five years. I'm really happy here. There's a lot of great people at Red Bull Racing. I was one of the first employees and I've watched it grow from the beginning and would like to think I contributed to that process.

"Yeah, there's a huge part of me that wants to stay. There are so many other dominoes that have to fall first," he said.

Red Bull officials announced earlier this week that they were seeking investors to take over ownership after this season but didn't rule out continuing in the sport as a sponsor.

Vickers, who left Hendrick Motorsports five years ago to be the centerpiece of RBR's emergence into NASCAR, wasn't surprised by the news.

"This has been something on the table for a while, something they kicked around," he said.

Vickers is optimistic investors can be found, adding he knows "there are a couple of them out there" that general manager Jay Frye and Red Bull executives in Austria are talking to. He would not elaborate on who those investors might be.

"I hope they decide on the right one and make it makes them even stronger," said Vickers, who is 24th in the standings. "I think the right one is going to come along. I believe things happen for a reason. I think this will unfold rather quickly. I think we'll have an answer long before the end of the season."

Vickers' future with the team has been in question since April when he told an Atlanta radio station he had options outside of RBR once his contract expired at the end of 2011.

But Vickers didn't sound on Friday like someone in a hurry to move on, saying there is no better driver in the garage to represent the Red Bull lifestyle with his love of parachuting out of airplanes, snowboarding and other edgy adventures.

"From that standpoint, they have done so much for me," said Vickers, who spent much of last season pursuing his adventures after being sidelined from driving by blood clots. "They've allowed me to live the life I've always wanted to live and still do what I love. I thank them for that."

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.

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