Brian Vickers Named Tony Stewart’s Interim Replacement For Speedweeksby Hunter Thomas February 12, 2016 0 comments
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Stewart-Haas Racing has officially named Brian Vickers as Tony Stewart’s interim replacement for Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.
Tony Stewart, owner and driver of Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 14 Chevrolet is currently sidelined due to sustaining a burst fracture in his L1 vertebra during an off-road ATV accident. Brian Vickers, 32-year old North Carolina native is set to climb behind the wheel and pilot Stewart’s Chevrolet for the next two weekends while the series compete in Daytona.
The last time Vickers competed in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car was back in March of last year at Phoenix International Raceway, where he finished 18th in Michael Waltrip Racing’s No 55 Toyota. Vickers has been battling blood clots since the 2010 season, and last year, he was sidelined once again just prior to the fifth race of the season at Auto Club Speedway.
Brian Vickers’ return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action will kick off today with Sprint Unlimited practice. He will compete in the exhibition race tomorrow night and qualify Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet during Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday. He is also slated to compete in the Cam-Am Duel on Thursday, February 18 and in the 58th running of the Daytona 500 for the organization on Sunday, February 21.
Throughout 13 seasons in NASCAR’s top series, Brian Vickers has amassed three wins, 12 poles, 29 top-five and 77 top-10 finishes.
Stewart-Haas Racing said that an interim driver for future races will be announced following Speedweeks at Daytona.
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