Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers will miss the remainder of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season after Vickers was placed on blood-thinning medication after a small blood clot was found in Vickers’ right leg.
Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman said:
We were just informed this morning and our concern is for Brian’s health. Anything else will be worked out in due course.
Michael Waltrip will replace Vickers in the No. 55 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Vickers also drives in the Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. Team owner Joe Gibbs said:
We are praying Brian will have a quick and full recovery from this latest issue. Everyone at JGR appreciates all the hard work and effort he has given to our Nationwide Series program this year. He is a great competitor and we look forward to seeing him back on the track in 2014.
Vickers’ doctors are confident that he will be ready to compete before the 2014 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. 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.