With Justin Marks Hinting a Red Bull Return, Here Are the Top 5 Red Bull Paint Schemes in NASCAR History

Published 01/07/2024, 9:30 AM EST

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Twenty-one wins from 22 races. That’s a whopping 95.45% win that Red Bull pulled off in the 2023 Formula 1 season. Their reign of terror spread by the Austrian company on the tracks of F1 has shaken the earth beneath their rival’s toes. However, the same team intensely struggled when it ventured into NASCAR in 2006.

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Although the energy drink giant stepped into the realm of stock car racing, little did they know that it’s not an F1 race, and things function differently here. So, their journey remained tumultuous throughout, and their exit doors opened in 2011. However, the thing that stood out was their ever-changing paint schemes, which never failed to draw racing fanatics’ attention. 

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Red Bull’s six years with NASCAR weren’t the merry ones like they’re having in F1. With a mere 10 pole starts and two victories in the bag, the energy drink giant looked for the exit as the 2011 season concluded.

But it looks like they’ve some score to settle as Trackhouse Racing owner Justin Marks hinted at Red Bull’s possible return to the stock car racing world. From 2006 to 2011, the car’s fortune didn’t change, but its personality changed over time, and a few really stood out.

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The first one to notice is the 2007 #84 car of AJ Allmendinger. Unlike their debut #84 car, the 2007 paint scheme has Red Bull all over the car, and a fan couldn’t probably miss the Austrian beauty swerving on the ovals. 

When looking at Brian Vickers’ 2008 #84 car, its silver color instead of a dark blue shade doesn’t give the Red Bull vibes, though the minimalist design and less concentrated decals on the car make it stand out, even though it seems like the odd one out. 

If minimalism enticed you, then Scott Speed’s 2009 #99 car could be a shocker as it is the opposite of the bare minimum. Everywhere the eyes go, the logos of the sponsors and, of course, Red Bull follow.

Reed Sorenson’s 2010 #83 seemingly resembles Allmendinger’s 2007 car. However, the yellow color bulk on Allmendiger’s ride and Red Bull’s blue color on Sorenson’s ride are quite prevalent. Apart from that, Reed’s car is almost kissing the asphalt, leaving no room for the air to take care.

Remember Vickers’ minimalist silver #84? It is the same in Scott Speed’s 2010 #82 Toyota, but the bare minimum factor is absent, and the car is studded with decals.

Amid Red Bull’s possible return, revisiting their best cars could help freshen up the memory. But are they looking back at NASCAR? Well, Marks has the answer.

Justin Marks spills the beans on Red Bull’s NASCAR comeback

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. asked Shane Van Gisbergen about his previous stint with Red Bull and how his foray into Trackouse Racing team would affect the relationship, SVG expressed his desire to see the energy drink giant in the hustle and bustle of NASCAR and replied, “It would be awesome to have them come over here and get back into NASCAR side of things.”

Surely, SVG, at that time, didn’t think that what he wished for might come to fruition. A few days after Gisbergen unfurled his desire, Marks shared an update on Instagram, which a racing enthusiast later shared on X. 

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The snapshot portrayed the Trackhouse Racing owner sitting beside SVG and signing some documents. But what’s to notice here is that Marks tagged Red Bull on his story, and since then, the racing community has gone into a frenzy. 

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After unfathomable success in F1, Red Bull has more understanding of the sport than ever. Will Red Bull’s potential return change their NASCAR story, or will there be more misery down the road?

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Aneesh Gupta

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