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Vickers signs new Red Bull deal

Brian VickersBrian Vickers has signed a multi-year contract extension with Red Bull Racing Team, the NASCAR Sprint Cup outfit announced on Tuesday.

Last Sunday, Vickers gave the team its maiden Sprint Cup victory at Michigan International Speedway after succeeding at stretching his fuel mileage enough to make his strategy gamble pay off.

The 25-year-old has been with the team since its Sprint Cup debut in 2007 and, despite a tough first year, has been part of the squad's great progress.

Last year Red Bull claimed one pole position and three top 10 finishes, while in 2009 it has already scored four top 10s, including Sunday's win, and six pole positions.

"The team is continuing to prove that it is a consistent force week in and week out," said Jay Frye, the team's vice president and general manager.

"Brian has been here from the beginning and he continues to be a vital piece of the puzzle with regards to our ultimate goal of building Red Bull Racing into a consistent contender."

Following his victory at Michigan, Vickers is currently ranked 13th in the Sprint Cup standings, just 12 points off veteran Mark Martin, who occupies the final Chase spot.

"I'm thrilled," said Vickers of his renewal. "This has been a long time coming and there is no where else I would rather be. I am looking forward to building on what we have started the last couple of years.

"It is an interesting experience being with a team from the ground up - going through the growing pains and then success together. I am so proud to have been able to bring this team their first win."

Crew chief Ryan Pemberton, who led Vickers to his second-career win last Sunday, will continue to work alongside him.

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