Brian Vickers 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
Hopeful is the word for Brian Vickers this year. Although he is confirmed for the No. 55 Toyota at Michael Waltrip Racing for 2014 and 2015, a medical question mark remains. Vickers entered the 2013 season with a sense of optimism based on a full-time ride in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Joe Gibbs Racing and part time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series sharing the No. 55 with Mark Martin. Waltrip’s confidence in Vickers was rewarded with a win in the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire in July. He racked up six top-10 finishes. Then, like the recurrence of a bad dream, doctors in October discovered blood clots in Vickers’ right calf. It was the same symptom that sidelined the North Carolina native in 2010.
Vickers’ career shifted into high gear in 2003 with Hendrick Motorsports, taking over the NASCAR Nationwide Series No. 5 Chevrolet. He won three races and became, at age 20, the series’ youngest champion. He also made his NASCAR premier series debut that year in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s fall race. Winning the title promoted Vickers to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2004 and a full-time job in the No. 25 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. He won two poles. Vickers collected his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Talladega Superspeedway in 2006 and the following season he joined the fledging Team Red Bull. His best season was 2009 in which Vickers scored a second win, this time at Michigan International Speedway, and finished 12th in the points standings. Vickers made just 11 starts in 2010 before his season was curtailed due to blood clots. He returned to Team Red Bull in 2011 scoring seven top 10s but the team closed at the end of season.
Team: Michael Waltrip Racing
Car: No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry
Birthdate: October 24, 1983
Hometown: Thomasville, N.C.
Team Owner: Michael Waltrip & Rob Kauffman
Crew Chief: Scott Miller