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January 7th, 2010
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — When NASCAR announced a revised format for this year’s Budweiser Shootout, Ken Schrader was suddenly eligible to race in the annual pre-season event.
It didn’t take long for him to find a ride.
Schrader will drive the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota normally piloted by Scott Speed in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona Int’l Speedway Feb. 6.
“Kenny’s desire and dedication to NASCAR has always made him a favorite among fans and throughout the garage area,” said Red Bull Racing’s Vice President 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.”
Schrader is eligible for the event as a past Budweiser Shootout winner. He won the event in 1989 and 1990 while driving for Hendrick Motorsports.
“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 nine.”
Scott Speed will return to the seat of the No. 82 Toyota for the season-opening Daytona 500 the following week.