Brian Vickers, driver of the #83 Red Bull Toyota, will miss Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover.
The 26-year old was hospitalized today for an “undisclosed medical condition”. Team Red Bull manager Jay Frye called Vickers’ illness “a minor setback”, so it sounds like Vickers may be back in the car for the All Star race next weekend.
Casey Mears will take over the #83 this weekend.
Vickers sits 20th in points, 160 points out of 12th. By missing a race, it will be nearly impossible for Vickers to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup for a second year in a row. No driver has ever made the Chase without competing in all 26 races leading up to the Chase.
At this point, it’s unfair to speculate what Vickers’ condition may be. All we know is that Vickers is ok, but will not be in the car this weekend.
We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
UPDATE: Vickers was hospitalized for chest pains, and it turned out that he had several blood clots, according to reports. Vickers is currently on medication to dissolve the clots, and it seems to be working. Vickers has been cleared from the hospital. No word on when Vickers will return to the #83 car.