Tuesday, November 11, 2008

UPDATE: Martin-Red Bull Deal Off; Nixed By GM Executives

Mark Martin's deal to drive the #84 Red Bull Toyota this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway has apparently fallen through. Sources close to the team say the deal was signed, sealed and all but delivered, only to have high level executives at General Motors nix it at the last minute.

Martin is set to drive a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet full-time next season, and when GM brass got wind of Red Bull's plans, a series of phone calls was made to scuttle the deal just minutes before a press release was to be issued announcing it. The end result is reportedly an angry Martin, a disappointed Red Bull Racing Team, and a "Plan B" that could result in Scott Speed and Brian Vickers trading cars this weekend in Miami. With the #84 Toyota currently 17 points out of the all-important Top-35 in owners' points, it's possible that Vickers could be asked to drive the car this weekend, in an attempt to maximize its points potential.

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