In a bit of an unfortunate situation, NASCAR Nationwide Series regular Brian Vickers will miss the remainder of the season and will also not pilot the No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series side.
Vickers had developed another blood clot in his calf and was put on blood thinners. Due to that treatment he will not be allowed to be behind the wheel of any race car until he’s off the blood thinners.
Vickers currently sits eighth in the Nationwide Series points standings with just three races to go in the season. He also was driving the Aaron’s Dream Machine fulltime on the Sprint Cup side as he was chosen to be the primary driver for that Michael Waltrip Racing ride for the 2014 season after he won this year’s race at New Hampshire back in July.
MWR officials say they expect a full recovery and he could be back for next February’s season opening Daytona 500.
In the interim, Michael Waltrip was already driving that car this weekend in Talladega as Vickers had the week off anyways. They will search for a replacement for the remaining four races at Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix and the season finale in Homestead.
This is the second bout with blood clots for Vickers. On May 13th, 2010 Vickers announced he wouldn’t be participating at Charlotte at the end of the month due to a medical condition. It was later found out that blood clots formed in his legs and around his lungs. The condition was potentially life threatening so the blood thinning treatment ensued. That worked as he was able to return to racing in 2011.
After an up and down season he would be let go and left without a ride for 2012. MWR hired him on to race in select races and he fared very well. They brought him back to do the same for this season as he also was hired to race full-time in the Nationwide Series with Joe Gibbs Racing.
After winning in July and running up front in the majority of his starts MWR thought it was time to bring him back up to full time Sprint Cup racing and offered him the gig for the ’14 season.
Now, he’s taken another setback. Let’s hope for the best for Vickers.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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