Brian Vickers Continues To Battle Health Issues And Will Miss Start Of 2015 Seasonby Hunter Thomas December 15, 2014 0 comments
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Brian Vickers will be sidelined for the start of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season due to health issues.
The Michael Waltrip Racing driver is recovering from surgery he had to repair a patch covering a hole in his heart. Vickers had the surgery over the weekend on Saturday.
“First, I want to thank everyone for their sincere support,” Vickers said. “I have faced obstacles before and it has made victory that much sweeter and I know that will be the case again.
“My previous experiences have given me a very keen understanding of my body. Late last week I knew something wasn’t right, so I went to the hospital to be checked out. Following several tests, it was discovered that my body was rejecting an artificial patch that was inserted in 2010 to fix a hole in my heart. Saturday, I had to have corrective surgery to repair the hole and now I am beginning the recovery process. I will need plenty of time, rest and rehab but this temporary setback will not stop me from pursuing my dream of becoming a NASCAR Sprint Cup champion.”
Following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway back in 2010, Vickers was sidelined due to blood clots in his lungs and legs, and in 2013, he only competed in 17 races because of the continuing blood clot complications, this time, in his right calf.
In 2014, Brian Vickers completed his first full season since 2011. He finished 22nd in the point standings, earning three top-five and nine top-10 finishes. The 31-year old was set to pilot the No. 55 Aarons Dream Machine Toyota fulltime in 2015.
Michael Waltrip Racing hasn’t announced a time table for Vickers’ return or the name of an interim driver.