Cup Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, stands in the garage area after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Published on December 15th, 2014 | by Michael J Smith


Vickers To Miss Start Of 2015 Cup Season

Brian Vickers will miss the start of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season after having surgery to repair a hole in his heart, Michael Waltrip Racing announced.

Vickers, driver of MWR’s No. 55 Cup Toyota, has been sidelined twice in his career due to health complications — he missed most of the 2010 season and part of the 2013 season due to blood clots.

Vickers said:

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.

Team co-owner Rob Kauffman said:

Brian has been a part of the MWR family since 2012 and our thoughts today are with Brian, his wife Sarah and the Vickers family. As a race team, MWR has plenty to consider and we will confer with our partners, including Aaron’s and Toyota. As this is fresh news, we will adjust our future plans as more information becomes available.

There has been no word on how long Vickers will miss or who will drive the No. 55 while he is out.

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