I guess we could call this a “moral victory”.
NASCAR driver Brian Vickers, who was sidelined in May for blood clots and was told he could not race for the rest of the season, has won the 3rd-Quarter NMPA Speedway Motorsports Spirit Award. The Spirit Award is given to the person in NASCAR racing who shows “character and achievement in the face of adversity”.
Since being sidelined in May, Vickers has spent most of his time doing work with charities of all kinds, and has worked as both a mentor to his replacement drivers as well as an analyst for ESPN on its NASCAR Now show and for its Nationwide Series races.
But the main reason Vickers has earned the award: His determination to return to the race track.
Since May, Vickers has worked feverishly to prepare for his much-anticipated return to NASCAR racing, which will occur next February at the season-opening Daytona 500.
Congratulations to Brian on his award! And we can’t wait to see him back in that race car!