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Published on October 29th, 2013 | by Michael J Smith


Vickers Says He Will Be Back In 2014

Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 55 Jet Edge Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP Gas Booster 500 on April 5, 2013 at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia.Brian Vickers, who has been sidelined for the rest of the Sprint Cup Series season after a blood clot was found in his leg, said that he will be back with Michael Waltrip Racing in 2014.

He said:

I feel like I could drive a race car, I just can’t. I feel great. Still training, still exercising. I can’t complain. … I’m frustrated and I’ve been bummed since obviously all this happened again. I’m just kind of looking forward. Things happen in life — that’s part of it. You just keep fighting and have faith. That’s all you can really do. I’m going to be out for three months and back in time for Daytona to race for a championship.

Vickers said that he suffered a mild foot sprain after a crash at Bristol Motor Speedway. He had to wear a walking boot to immobilize his right ankle, and that boot caused the clot.

He indicated that because both clots he suffered were not randomly produced, he has a better chance of returning to racing. He said:

It’s not the clot and it’s not that I can’t race on blood thinners it’s just that I can’t crash. As long as I can promise my doctors that I will not crash then they’re fine with me racing. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of moving parts in a car that I can’t control and 42 competitors that I can’t control. I can’t firmly commit to that so he would rather me not race. The risk is not even so much external injury like a cut or something, it’s really more of an internal injury. They wouldn’t be able to stop the bleeding.

Vickers also missed a large portion of 2010 after blood clots were found in his legs and around his lungs.

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