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Kahne set for one-year stint with Red Bull

Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:10 pm
Selected comments from Kasey Kahne media session:

What are your goals this year with your teammate Brian Vickers?

“Just working together, he (Brian Vickers) wants to.  I want to.  Our teams (have goals), and to me it’s a good relationship and it should be all season long.  I think we can both get a lot out of it.  That’s the goal of having teammates.  I think it’s going to be good.”

Will this be a hard year for your knowing you will only be with the team for one season?

“It’s different than some situations -- or than most situations -- but it’s what we have.  Red Bull was really excited about it.  I was
really excited about it.  Kenny Francis (crew chief) and the team -- to me it’s a good thing.  I think it’s going to be just fine.  One year, we’ll do all we can to do it right and have a great season and go from there.  You never know what’s going to happen in racing.  You never know what’s going to happen at the end of the season.  It’s kind of always up in the air, but I would say that we can do a lot this year and really have a great year.”

How happy are you to have this ride with the current economic struggles in NASCAR?

“I’m really happy.  Something would’ve happened for sure this year.  Mr. (Rick) Hendrick was behind it and told me it would
(work).  So, that’s basically why I made the decision I did for kind of the next five years.  When he told me (about) Red Bull, I was like, they weren’t having a good season.  It wasn’t much of a year for them, but I know what they have here and what they do.  I know a lot of the people, so I got excited pretty quick.  Once I started going over there, even prior to drivi ng for them, and just knowing what was going on, talking to some of the guys, I was like, ‘Man, this is actually going to be a really good spot for me.’   So, it’s been exciting.  I think we can do a lot in this one season, as a team and as a company together.”

Does the one-year deal with Red Bull give you more incentive to be successful?

 “It definitely makes you want it pretty bad.  I think I will as long as I’m in racing.  I’ve always wanted to just do everything I can to win and this is one of those years where you go into it really confident because of the off-season and because of the way that Red Bull is preparing for this season.  I’m really excited.  I think we can do a lot.  I think we can run strong and have a lot of fun at the same time.  I’m looking forward to it and can’t wait to get started.”

Was it a coincidence that you drafted quite a bit with the Hendrick teams at the Daytona test?

 “The reason that happened is there were four guys who wanted to draft.  It was me and Brian (Vickers) and Jimmie (Johnson) and (Dale Earnhardt) Junior that first day.  So, we kind of all worked together and drafted together and it worked out pretty well.   Those are two good cars to kind of surround yourself with and see where you compared with those guys.  It was good for us.  As far as working together, I think Red Bull and Toyota do their thing and Hendrick and Chevrolet do theirs.  This year I’m working with Red Bull and Toyota.”

Do you have a different approach this year knowing you will only be with Red Bull for one season?

“It really doesn’t change because the way I look at it is I always want to make the Chase.  You have to make the Chase.  That’s
what everybody is here for.  You have to win races, that’s why we do it is to win.  That’s why we drive and race.  And the only way to do that is to be consistent in this sport and that’s something where I feel like I’ve failed over the years.  I’ve had years where I haven’t been very consistent, I’ve had years where we’ve been a lot better and that’s something that I need to get a lot better at.  To me, if I want to win races and make the Chase I need to be consistent.  That’s something I need to do this year, I need to do next year and on and on.  That’s the only way to make it happen in NASCAR.”

Why did you start racing with Red Bull toward the end of the 2010 season?

“As much as anything, I liked kind of just changing and starting out with a team and getting used to their ways a little bit.  I think
that was definitely good.  I think it was good for myself to get away from where I was.  It needed to happen sooner than later.  I think it was good for RPM (Richard Petty Motorsports) to get me out of there.  They were happy about it and I was happy about it and we’ve went on.  I’m actually really happy with where I’m at, and since Kenny Francis (crew chief) and some of the guys that I’ve worked with in the past have came over to Red Bull, I just feel really confident and really under control.  I know exactly what is going on.  I feel like that’s a good thing and it’s going to be really beneficial for all of us this year to have Kenny and a lot of the guys that came.”

What would it mean for you to win the Daytona 500 in this car?

“It would be great to win at Daytona.  I got a little bit of a taste of it by winning a 150 (qualifying race) there.  And, we ran pretty
strong there all of the races last year, it seemed like.  I feel confident running well at Daytona and the 4 has been impressive at times there so hopefully we can just have a really good Speed Weeks, be upfront in everything we do and start the season off right.  That’s all we can ask for, that’s what we’re going for.”

Are you disappointed you will only be with the Red Bull brand for a year?

“You never know how long it will be as far as my relationship with Red Bull.  Hopefully it’s a lot longer than one year.  Like I
said, I like what we have going on and hopefully we can do good things together this year and make it a longer deal.  If it’s only one year, it’s one year and I’m going to do everything I can to win races and do it right.”

Is it strange for you to have gone through all of the manufacturers in the series?

“It all changes a little bit.  I noticed how many cars are on the road and you look at what’s out there.  To myself, I liked the Dodge
stuff, I liked the Ford stuff, I like the Toyota and then I’m going to enjoy the Chevrolet.  I’ve never kind of been part of that.   Where I’m at, I’ve got to get a little bit of each one of them and I think it’s actually kind of neat for myself.  Yeah, I enjoy vehicles and I enjoy cars.  I’m with Toyota now.”


Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 2:39 pm

Kahne set for one-year stint with Red Bull

Kahne will cry all year and before the season ends he will either quit or get released...He's a Tier 3 to 4 driver at best.

Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2011 5:43 am

Kahne set for one-year stint with Red Bull

Redneck14 - man I heard that. here we go again right? Wink

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2011 1:12 pm

Kahne set for one-year stint with Red Bull

Heard speculation that next year Kahne might stay at RBR, but RBR would switch from Toyota to Chevy and get Hendrick engines and if Hendrick's grubby fingers didn't already stretch far enough

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