The pair will have 70 more racing laps on the track than their fellow Camry drivers, including Vicker’s Red Bull teammate A.J. Allmendinger, who is making the move from Champ Car to NASCAR. Pole qualifying for the 500 is Sunday, which only qualifies the top two cars. The other 41 cars must qualify in the two Gatorade Duel 150-lap races. In addition to the Red Bull team, Michael Waltrip will field a team of himself, Jarrett and David Reutimann, who is stepping up from Toyota’s Craftsman Truck program. Bill Davis will field a team of Dave Blaney and Jeremy Mayfield. Vickers left the Hendrick Motorsports team, which also featured 2006 series champion Jimmie Johnson, four-time series champion Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch, under unusual – and maybe contentious – circumstances. Johnson, Gordon and Busch all qualified for the Chase for the championship last year. Vickers didn’t. He finished 15th. It hasn’t been quite the Cup career he expected. He won the 2003 Busch Series title for Hendrick and picked up the third Hendrick car. His first win was last October in a controversial finish at Talladega, Ala. On the final lap on the Superspeedway, he was drafting teammate Johnson, who was making a pass of Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the inside. Vickers and Johnson touched and that sent Johnson into Earnhardt, and they both went spinning. Vickers won the race, to a chorus of boos and controversy. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Car owner points come into play in Daytona 500 qualifying, but Gatorade Duel finishes and single-car qualifying play a part, too. It all can lead to a misstep for a first-year team and banishment from the race. Yet, Vickers, 23, was undeterred in switching to an upstart team from Hendrick Motorsports, which sports the series champion. “It’s a very good opportunity to get to the next level,” said Vickers, who is entering his fourth season in Cup. “The move is very big for me. It was time to make a change. “It will be tough going, but Toyota is behind us 100 percent. They are very determined. I think we’ll be disappointed if we don’t do well.” However, Vickers and fellow Toyota driver Dale Jarrett – who is on another team – have one advantage over the other Toyota drivers. Both have earned berths into Saturday’s Bud Shootout at Daytona. Vickers gained the spot by winning a pole at Texas Motor Speedway last year for the Hendrick team. Jarrett earned a spot because he is a past race winner. ANAHEIM – It is quite possible that NASCAR Nextel Cup veteran driver Brian Vickers could be on the outside looking in on next week’s Daytona 500, NASCAR’s most important race of the season. Vickers will be one of seven Toyota drivers trying to qualify for the race this weekend as Toyota makes its Nextel Cup debut. Vickers goes into the event with no assurances, no provisional points or owner’s points to fall back on. He must qualify strictly on getting the pole on Sunday or by Thursday’s performance in the Gatorade Duels. Otherwise, he goes home. In most Cup races, the top 35 cars, based on car-owner points, automatically earn berths into each weekend’s race. Those out of the top 35 must qualify among the fastest 43 speeds and those not among the top 35 in car owner’s points or in the top 43 based on time can use a provisional berth of being a past series champion. Vickers and his Red Bull team don’t have that option.