January 7, 2010 -- When NASCAR announced a revised format for this season’s Shootout race, two-time Shootout winner Ken Schrader came knocking on Red Bull Racing Team’s door. With Schrader’s past winners spot, and a No.82 team eager to start the season, the pairing just made sense. Schrader will pilot the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota for the February 6 feature race at Daytona International Speedway. Scott Speed, the fulltime driver of the No. 82, is not one of the drivers eligible to compete in the Shootout. Speed will take back the reins of the Red Bull Toyota for the Daytona 500 on February 14.
"Kenny’s desire and dedication to NASCAR has always made him a favorite among fans and throughout the garage area," said VP and General Manager Jay Frye.
"We're excited he approached us with the idea and are looking forward to giving him the opportunity he deserves and has earned."
The NASCAR veteran earned a starting spot in this season’s race by winning the event in both 1989 and 1990. Schrader has graced the high banks of Daytona 45 times in his 25-year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career, leading 298 laps, and earning seven top-five and 22 top-10 finishes.
"I am tremendously excited to be in a top-caliber car," said Schrader. "Pairing up with a strong teammate like Brian Vickers and the whole Red Bull organization for this event has me on Cloud 9."
Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team won the All-Star race after dominating the final 10-lap shootout. Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASC...
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