Blood Clots Return For Brian Vickers, Brett Moffitt To Drive In Fontana

Blood Clots Return For Brian Vickers, Brett Moffitt To Drive In Fontana

by March 20, 2015 0 comments

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By: Hunter Thomas
Twitter: @HunterThomas08

FONTANA, Calif. – Brett Moffitt will pilot Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 Janssen Toyota Camry this weekend at Auto Club Speedway due to Brian Vickers being sidelined for a reoccurrence of blood clots.

Brian Vickers, only 31-years old has been battling blood clots since 2010. Back in December, he had surgery to repair a patch on his heart, forcing him to miss the first two races of the 2015 season. At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Vickers finished 15th, and last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, he was caught up in an early accident, resulting in a 41st place finish. Vickers will once again be placed on a blood thinner, forcing him to sit out for an undetermined amount of time.

“Thankfully, because I recognized the signs and symptoms, the doctors caught this early and I’m going to be ok,” Vickers said in a press release issued by Michael Waltrip Racing. “I had finished my treatment for the clot I had in my leg back in 2013 and I haven’t needed to be on a blood thinner for a clot in my leg or lung since. Now I won’t be able to race because I’ll need to be back on a blood thinner. I’m going to follow doctor’s orders and do everything I need to do to get well.

“Believe it or not, it’s Blood Clot Awareness Month and I was supposed to be at the track this weekend doing some work with my partners at Janssen focused on getting the word out. I’m disappointed I can’t be there but if there is a silver lining in all of this, hopefully what’s happened to me will help to raise awareness on this important health issue”.

Brett Moffitt has piloted the No. 55 Toyota Camry in one event this season. The 22-year old captured an impressive solid eighth place finish during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the third race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Moffitt has also competed in two races for Front Row Motorsports this season. He finished 37th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and 32nd at Phoenix International Raceway.

“First and foremost our thoughts are with Brian and his family,” Michael Waltrip, team owner of Michael Waltrip Racing said. “He isn’t just our race car driver, he is our friend and we know the NASCAR community will continue to rally around Brian. We are fortunate to have Brett Moffitt in our system and marveled at his great drive in Atlanta three weeks ago, so we know he can get the job done in the No. 55 this weekend. As this news is very fresh and the situation is very fluid, we can only plan for this weekend at this point.”

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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