Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/1/14

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 03: Brian Vickers, driver of the #83 Red Bull Toyota, gets into his car before the Victory Lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions Week on December 3, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Brian Vickers was announced yesterday as the full-time driver of the #55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. The deal calls for Aaron’s to sponsor all 36 races in the next two seasons. That is a step up from the 26 races they were sponsoring this year. Vickers has been driving for the team part-time for the past two years and was able to collect a win last month at New Hampshire. While that didn’t seal the deal for Aaron’s to return, the commented it didn’t hurt. The paint scheme was also unveiled during the announcement and the reviews are mixed. They’re using a new font style for the 55 that’s…interesting to say the least. I didn’t get a good picture of it, but trust me, it’ll get some getting used to. Everyone gushed that day about the potential that Vickers, MWR, and Aaron’s all have for greatness next year. Let it be noted I saw a few different places that AJ Allmendinger was the first choice for the ride, but if he can win again, I guess Vickers isn’t that bad of a consolation prize. Current driver Mark Martin does not have any plans for 2014 and most think he’ll finally drift off into the sunset or MWR still has the potential to run a part-time fourth team if they really wanted to. Let Silly Season begin.

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