Brian Vickers out for rest of season


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series driver Brian Vickers will miss the remainder of the 2013 season because of health issues. The remainder of the 2013 season includes five Sprint Cup races and three Nationwide events.

“We were just informed this morning and our concern is for Brian’s health,” Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman said. “Anything else will be worked out in due course.”

Vickers underwent a medical examination on his right leg Monday morning, during which a blood clot was discovered in the calf region. As a result, he was put on a blood thinning medication that will keep him sidelined for the remainder of the year.

Vickers was slated to finish out the year driving the No. 20 for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series and the No. 55 for Michael Waltrip Racing at the Sprint Cup level. The Nationwide Series has the next two weekends off before resuming action on Nov. 2. The Sprint Cup Series will be racing at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Sunday, with car owner Michael Waltrip expected to drive the No. 55. Waltrip was already scheduled to drive the No. 55 at Talladega, with Vickers expected to drive the car for the other remaining races on the schedule. Neither Joe Gibbs Racing nor Michael Waltrip Racing has named a replacement driver.

“If there’s anything to be positive about with todays news, it’s that this is only a temporary setback,” Vickers said. “The timing for this is never good, but I’m glad we’ll get it out of the way now and be ready to run for a championship with the Aaron’s Dream Machine in 2014.”

Vickers, who drove the No. 20 in the Nationwide Series full-time, up to this point, and the No. 55 Sprint Cup Series car part-time in 2013, is expected to drive the No. 55 full-time next year. He is expected to make a full recovery prior to the start of the 2014 NASCAR season.

Vickers also missed most of the 2010 season because of a blood clot issue and heart surgery.

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