Ekstrom & Sorenson to share #83 ride Red Bull Racing plans to have Mattias Ekstrom and Reed Sorenson share the #83 Toyota the rest of the year but decisions about 2011 as far as crew chief for Kasey Kahne and what happens with #82-Scott Speed remain looming for the organization. Red Bull Vice President Jay Frye said Friday that there has been no determination on Scott Speed for next season or whether the organization could expand to three teams. Red Bull already has Kahne scheduled to drive one of its cars. Brian Vickers has been sidelined because of blood clots since May He must remain clear of blood clots, which he said the doctors have told him have been eliminated because of the heart surgery, to return. That would seem to leave Speed, who drives the #82 Toyota, out of a ride. He has a contract with the team that currently does not allow him to seek another ride. "Having three teams is still possible," Frye said Friday at Richmond International Raceway. "A lot of this dictates [on] Brian. Right now, everything looks great, which is great, but he is only halfway through the process so we're keeping our different options open. The doctors have said everything looks good, but we don't know until the process is done. We're optimistic about it." As far as Kahne's team for next year, Frye said he has not finalized who will crew chief the car for Kahne.
This week, Frye will be looking forward to seeing Ekstrom compete for the first time on an oval after he made his debut at Infineon Raceway in June with a 21st. He could see more races later this year. Reed Sorenson, who has been driving the #83 for most of the summer, will drive the races that Ekstrom does not. "We're going to see how he does this weekend first," Frye said. "There is a possibility that some things can happen with him between now and the end of the year to do another race. & Reed has been doing a great job. Mattias, we've been working on this before Sonoma." Ekstrom said he has three more races left this year driving for Audi in the DTM touring series in Germany. The Swede has a contract to drive the Audi again next year. More from SceneDaily
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