There is no quit in Red Bull Racing. Unfortunately, tenacity and determination alone will not be enough to keep the doors open.
The team has not responded like a typical “lame duck” operation. Driver Kasey Kahne has finished sixth or better in six of the last seven races, culminating in Sunday’s emotional victory at Phoenix International Raceway. Kahne trails only title contenders Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart in points earned during the 2011 Chase, and said he takes pride in his team’s ability to overcome adversity.
“Everybody kept working hard,” said Kahne in Victory Lane Sunday. “We're bringing awesome cars to the track. They haven't given up, and they're doing a great job. We've been able to stay focused. It's tough to hear you say it's shutting down in eight days,” he admitted. “Over the last three months, (we) have one of the top five cars in NASCAR. (Now it’s) shutting down, and that's crazy.”
Sometimes, hard work, determination and desire are simply not enough. Barring an eleventh hour miracle, Sunday’s Victory Lane festivities will mark the final opportunity for anyone associated with Red Bull Racing to celebrate.