CORNELIUS, N.C. – Michael Waltrip Racing learned today that Brian Vickers is not available to race for the remainder of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to health issues.
Vickers said Dr. William Downey has placed him on blood thinning medication after a Monday morning examination on his right leg discovered a small blood clot in his calf region.
The medications will keep Vickers out of the No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota the remainder of the season as well as the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, effective immediately. Vickers said his physicians are confident he will be able to resume activity before the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season begins.
“If there’s anything to be positive about with today’s news it’s that this is only a temporary setback,” said Vickers. “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.”
This isn’t the first time Vickers has dealt with blood clotting issues. He missed most of the 2010 NASCAR season when it was discovered he had blood clots in his legs and around his lungs. He returned to full-time competition in 2011 and hasn’t had any incidents since, until now.
“We were just informed this morning and our concern is for Brian’s health,” said MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman. “Anything else will be worked out in due course.”
As previously announced, two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend.
A replacement driver for the remaining Sprint Cup events will be named later. Joe Gibbs Racing has not named a replacment for Vickers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.