Red Bull Racing No. 83 - Nascar Sprint Cup Series
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The Red Bull No. 83 Team
- No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry
- Red Bull Silver
- Brian Vickers
- Crew Chief
- Ryan Pemberton
Red Bull Racing Team’s No. 83 first unloaded in October 2006 at Charlotte in what was a research-gathering mission to prepare for its debut season in 2007. It didn’t go as planned, as the car, with driver Bill Elliott, failed to qualify.
The No. 83 finally turned its first laps that counted in the 2007 Shootout at Daytona, as Brian Vickers led two laps and finished eighth in the annual non-points event. After missing out on the Daytona 500, Vickers and the No. 83 competed in their first points race Feb. 25, 2007, at California. Vickers finished 10th — the team’s first top 10.
Frustration and disappointment followed for most of the 2007 season. The team struggled to make races, and Vickers only started 23 of 36 events. There were a handful of highlights, including Vickers’ 76 laps led and fifth-place finish in May’s 600-miler (top five No. 1) as well as strong runs at other intermediate tracks. In 2008, the team built some consistency. Twenty times the No. 83 finished in the top 20, leading 232 laps to go along with the team’s first pole (Michigan, August), three top fives and six top 10s.
The breakthrough season came in 2009: the first victory (Michigan, August), six poles, four top fives, 13 top 10s and a late-summer stretch of nine consecutive finishes of 12th or better that ended with the team’s first berth in the coveted Chase for the Sprint Cup. The car ended up a team-best 12th in the final standings.
In 2010, Vickers announced in May that he’d be parked for the rest of the season with recovering from blood clots — a condition that has since been treated. In his absence, five drivers took a turn in the No. 83: Reed Sorenson (13 starts), Kasey Kahne (5), Casey Mears (4), Mattias Ekstrom (2) and Boris Said (1).
Vickers returned for the 2011 and again is paired with crew chief Ryan Pemberton, who helped his driver to the Chase in 2009.
HISTORY BEHIND THE NO. 83
The No. 83 comes from Red Bull’s previous can size of 8.3 ounces. The team resurrected the No. 83 in 2006, and the number raced in 2007 for the first time since Ron Hornaday Jr.’s car carried it at Phoenix in November 2002. Before that, Lake Speed drove car No. 83 in the late 1980s and into the early 1990s. Even NASCAR’s first champion, Red Byron, drove it for three races in 1951. Despite its history, records show the No. 83 with only two victories — Speed’s at Darlington in 1988 and Vickers’ at Michigan in 2009.