It must pretty taxing to flip the full bill for two full-time teams without any secondary sponsors and not be all that good. While the article claims that Red Bull leaving all-the-way, I would be surprised if I see the sponsor part-time next year. It's 100+% cheaper than what they are doing now.
Sources say employees at Red Bull Racing have been told that the NASCAR Sprint Cup operation will close at the end of the year.
A surprise visit by Thomas Ueberall, international motorsports chief for Red Bull, had crew members scrambling for job openings at Michigan this past weekend.
With the success of Red Bull's Formula One operation, it’s not surprising that the Austrian company pulled the plug on its NASCAR effort considering that it’s struggled since its inception in 2007. In five years, there’s been a revolving door of drivers with Brian Vickers being the lone victor of one race and qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup only in 2009.
Either way bad news for Brian Vickers. The rumor presented in the article is that the GM, Jay Frye, wants to buy and partner with Mark Martin. Cole Whitt would stay as well. However, Frye would have an uphill battle having to find so many sponsors in a short period of time.
Bowyer should count his blessings that this announced now if the article is true and he was negotiating with them.
Michael Andretti has said that he is looking to possibly move to NASCAR if he could bring his Indy sponsors with him. This could give him a opportunity if he's interested.
Edited by Dilla, 20 June 2011 - 03:46 PM.