Red Bull Is Leaving NASCAR After 2011


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Now that the news has broken that the owner of Red Bull has announced that they will be leaving NASCAR at the end of the 2011 season as a car owner, there leaves many questions still unanswered.

What will happen to the two car team that it presently runs?  Who will take this opportunity to test their hand at NASCAR ownership?  What will happen to all the people that are presently in the NASCAR Red Bull Racing organization?  Will Red Bull stay in the series as a sponsor, or withdraw entirely?  Is Red Bull like so many other entities in the past that were “flashes in the pan”?  Just  how, when. where. why, and who will fill the Red Bull Racing void that is going to occur?

Where does Red Bull Racing’s abdication from NASCAR leave Brian Vickers?

It appears that Jay Frye, Red Bull Racing’s general manager, is in hypersonic mode trying to line up possible investors that would be interested in purchasing the rights to this race team.  One interesting note is that Mark Martin, who is leaving Hendrick Motorsports at the end of 2011, and Jay Frye are very good friends that go back to Martin’s days with Ginn Racing.

Here is an intriguing idea.  Could Mark Martin possibly be interested in pursuing ownership in this race team? After the 2011 race season, the sponsorship could be up for grabs.  It has been announced that the Hendrick Motorsports #5 Chevy will have a new primary sponsor, Farmers Insurance, when Kasey Kahne takes over this ride in 2012.

If Martin were to become a partner in this organization, and if he were to successfully bring the sponsorship with him, would it also be possible that he might be interested in offering Danica Patrick a ride in the second team car?  After all, she is the big spokeswomen!

Think about this proposal, it could happen!

What are your thoughts on Red Bull Racing?


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