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MOORESVILLE, N.C. — As the NASCAR season opens with our Super Bowl, another season closes with THE Super Bowl.

The big game — this year’s version is Super Bowl XLV between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers— is synonymous with great plays, great players and great games. Something about the greatest spectacle in sports brings out the best (see Joe Montana’s four Super Bowl rings) and sometimes worst (see Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction) in everyone involved.

This year is no different. With the Las Vegas odds makers saying this is the closest Super Bowl in recent history (Green Bay is a 3-point favorite),the Steelers and Packers will undoubtedly give us all something entertaining to watch while we wait patiently for the commercials.

Some of Red Bull Racing Team’s key “players” weighed in on Sunday’s big game (6:29 p.m. ET, FOX):

Our newest player, Kasey Kahne, who’ll wear No. 4 this season, made his prediction after his beloved Seattle Seahawks were bounced from the playoffs in the divisional round.

“I have some friends that are Steelers fans. Myself, I like Aaron Rodgers and I like what Green Bay has been doing. I think they are tough,” he said. “It’s going to be a great Super Bowl, but I think Green Bay is going to win.”

Kasey’s one of the lucky few who will attend Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. He also went to the 2009 Super Bowl between the Steelers and Arizona Cardinals. Apparently, turning left pays well.

Back on the active roster from IR, No. 83 driver Brian Vickers is looking forward to the racing season and not much else. “I like the team with the yellow in their jerseys,” he texted Thursday. Moving on …

Jay Frye, the team’s vice president and general manager and former University of Missouri tight end/offensive lineman, can drop as much football knowledge as anyone inside the racing industry. Well, maybe not three-time Super Bowl-winning coach and race team owner Joe Gibbs, but here are Jay’s thoughts on the game: “We are a young team that is working on building a foundation and winning tradition. That’s what’s very cool about this year’s Super Bowl is that both teams are storied franchises that have a huge winning tradition. Both teams are extremely well run and coached, and players want to play for their organizations. That’s what we are trying to do at Red Bull Racing. At the end of the day someone’s got to win the game. Pittsburgh, 24-17.”

Technical director John Probst was first asked if he had a favorite Super Bowl moment. He responded, “I don’t have a favorite Super Bowl moment. My Eagles have never won it.” Typical for an eastern Pennsylvania native, but setting his “Eagles-only blinders” aside, John confidently stated, “Steelers will win it easily … thinking 31-17. Put that in the bank.” We’re not sure you should “put it in the bank” seeing as John didn’t use his calculator and slide ruler or test this out in the wind tunnel.

Finally, RBRT’s web site and social media guru, Brit Fryer from western Pennsylvania, offered his prediction, which we should pay attention to.

Brit’s a fantasy geek, having participated in three fantasy football leagues and making it to the championship game in one. He also “dominated the in-house (RBRT) league during the regular season but stunk it up the first round of the playoffs.” He predicted the Steelers to win the Super Bowl, 34-24.

Surprising, we know. However, Brit has what he likes to call “insider information.” He bumped into Marty Schottenheimer, former NFL coaching great and father of New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, at the Charlotte airport while returning from Pittsburgh. A night earlier, Brit attended the AFC championship game where the Steelers defeated the Jets 24-19 to make it to their league-leading eighth Super Bowl.

Still sporting Hines Ward’s No. 86 jersey worn the night before, Brit asked coach Schottenheimer his thoughts on the game and made a mental note: Schottenheimer, having just watched the Steelers dispatch his son’s Jets, said he likes the Steelers because the running game can pick up the critical 2-3 yards and “their defense is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”

From the drivers to management to the fantasy football geek, Red Bull Racing Team obviously has no shortage of experts on Sunday’s game. The only expert, however, that we would suggest listening to is resident team chef Cliff Cameron and his “go-to” Super Bowl recipe:

WHITE CHILI
Ingredients:
1 lb. ground chicken
1 lb. ground turkey
1 white onion, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 cans white, shoepeg corn
2 cans white northern beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can black eyed peas
8 cups chicken stock
6-pack light beer (your choice)
1 clove garlic chopped
1 tbs ground white pepper
1 package White Chili seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
Garnish: light sour cream, shredded white cheese

Saute chicken and turkey in large pot until fully cooked. Do not drain. Add onion, green pepper, celery, and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent. Add beer, chicken stock and remaining ingredients. Simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cut off and cover for about 5-10 minutes. Serve in bowls, garnish with 1 tbs light sour cream and shredded cheese.

Extremely healthy, and filling.


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