Red Bull Racing is parting ways with its competition director, Elton Sawyer, effective Monday. Both parties agreed that this would be Sawyer’s last week. He will accompany two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekström to Infineon Raceway where the Swede driver will drive in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race prior to making his Sprint Cup debut in the 83 Red Bull Toyota on Sunday.
Sawyer told FoxSports.com that the news wasn’t too surprising as the team is making budget cuts and is attempting to get leaner. He added that the process has been “cordial and respectful.”
I understand the economic conditions of the sport right now, but things are not going well there. I’d like to be part of the solution. It was a little shocking, but hopefully when one door closes another one opens. The Red Bull experience has been great. I was one of the first ones here. I got to help build the foundation and it was an opportunity to learn a lot. Overall, it’s been a great experience.