When NASCAR announced a revised format for this season's Budweiser Shootout, two-time race winner Ken Schrader came knocking on Red Bull Racing'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 drive the No. 82 Toyota for the Feb. 6 race at Daytona. Scott Speed, the full-time driver of the No. 82, is not one of the drivers eligible to compete in the Shootout. Speed will take back the reins for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 14.
"Kenny's desire and dedication to NASCAR has always made him a favorite among fans and throughout the garage area," team general manager Jay Frye said. "We're excited he approached us with the idea and are looking forward to giving him the opportunity he deserves and has earned."
Schrader earned a starting spot in this season's race by virtue of Shootout wins in 1989 and '90. He has 45 starts at Daytona with seven top-five finishes and 22 top 10s.
"I am tremendously excited to be in a top-caliber car," Schrader said. "Pairing up with a strong teammate like Brian Vickers and the whole Red Bull organization for this event has me on Cloud 9."