Chicagoland pole winner Brian Vickers doesn't understand why he hasn't received a copy of his new contract with Red Bull Racing for signature.

After all, Vickers says, he and the team reached an agreement on the terms during the off-season.

"Yes, we agreed to renew the contract last year," said Vickers, who won the pole for Saturday night's 400 Sprint Cup race during Thursday's qualifying session, "Throughout the winter we agreed on a contract, a verbal agreement. When we went into the season, with the economy and things the way they were, there were some uncertainties, which is understandable, I think, with anyone in corporate America these days.

"So I didn't really think that much about it. Right now, we still haven't agreed on a contract. There were many times where I went into the week expecting it to be signed and sent to me to sign myself, and that didn't happen. It still hasn't been signed yet, but it has been agreed upon, so it's a really strange situation."

Vickers hopes a meeting between Red Bull Racing general manager Jay Frye and Austrian billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, who owns the team, will bring closure to the situation.

"Normally, in these situations, if you agree on it, you sign it," Vickers said, "From my perspective, I'm happy with it, I'm happy to be here, and I'm proud of the programme and excited about the potential moving forward. The ball's in their court. Jay is going to Austria this week, and hopefully, he'll come back with answers."

by Reid Spencer / Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service