Cup Brett Moffit stands in the garage during a testing session at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 26, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.

Published on March 21st, 2015 | by Michael J Smith


Moffitt Replaces Vickers In No. 55

Brett Moffitt will drive Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 5 Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway.

Brian Vickers told MWR that he has experienced a reoccurrence of blood clots, which will require him to begin taking blood-thinning medication. He cannot race while on the medicine.

MWR co-owner Michael Waltrip said:

First and foremost our thoughts are with Brian and his family. 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.

Vickers said:

Thankfully, because I recognized the signs and symptoms, the doctors caught this early and I’m going to be ok. … I’m going to follow doctor’s orders and do everything I need to do to get well.

Vickers missed the season’s first two races recovering from December heart surgery. He finished 15th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and 41st at Phoenix International Raceway.

Update: Vickers will be on blood thinners for at least three months, he said.

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