Published August 10, 2010
There was no indication of which Toyota – No. 82 or No. 83 – Kahne will drive.
“This obviously all happened very quickly,” Red Bull vice president Jay Frye said in a statement released by the team. “Over the next month, we will finalize the specific team details.”
Scott Speed’s future with the team is unknown. Brian Vickers is recovering from health problems but is expected to return as a Red Bull driver at the beginning of next year.
Kahne’s move to Red Bull is part of an agreement with team owner Rick Hendrick, who signed Kahne to fill the seat in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolets beginning in 2012. Hendrick’s original plan was to put Kahne with a Chevrolet team for 2011.
"Kasey is going to a competitive organization that made the Chase last season and has great leadership and resources," said Hendrick. "Of everything we looked at, he and I agree it's the best opportunity for him to be successful in 2011, which was always our number-one priority.”
Kahne said: “This opportunity places me with an established, competitive team that has proven they can win races and make the Chase. I have great respect for Red Bull, so to have the opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing team in 2011 is a great fit for me, both personally and professionally. It feels good to be able to finally put this to rest and focus my energy on finishing the season strong for the 9 team and our sponsors.”
Frye and Kahne are scheduled to address the changes in a press conference Tuesday.
Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEED.com and has been covering motorsports for 28 years. He has written several books on NASCAR, including "NASCAR: The Definitive History of America's Sport" and "Then Tony Said To Junior: The Best NASCAR Stories Ever Told". He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.