Reed Sorenson will replace Casey Mears in Red Bull Racing's #83 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota, beginning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway next weekend.
Casey Mears replaced Brian Vickers last month after Vickers was diagnosed with season-ending blood clots in his lungs, but was released earlier this week after struggling in his four starts. Red Bull Racing Vice President and General Manager Jay Frye confirmed Sorenson's hiring today, saying, "Our unique situation has afforded us the opportunity to try some different things, and we're continuing to do that with Reed. We appreciate Casey's work and everything he's done the past five weeks."
Sorenson has driven in 10 of this season's 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series races for Braun Racing, with four Top-5 and eight Top-10 finishes, including a runnerup showing at Nashville Superspeedway. He is winless in 148 career Sprint Cup starts over six seasons, primarily with Ganassi Racing.
German Touring Car star Mattias Ekstrom will steer the #83 Camry this weekenbd at Infineon Raceway.