Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/12/12
Brian Vickers has always been NASCAR's de facto "Renaissance Man" - distinguished among his mostly rough-and-tumble peers for quoting his favorite book, "The Art of Happiness" by the Dalai Lama, expressing his preference for Frank Sinatra's music and considering Albert Einstein one of his heroes. So it comes as no surprise that the eclectic Vickers, 28, is spending the other portion of his part-time NASCAR schedule driving on Europe's most famous road courses and competing in sports car racing's grand dame, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The real head-turner this season is how competitive Vickers has been in the Sprint Cup Series in only a few assorted starts for Michael Waltrip Racing, a schedule that will include a drive this weekend at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He has two top-five finishes in three starts thus far and legitimately challenged for the win at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he finished fifth, and on the road course at Sonoma, where he was fourth. His 1...
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