NASCAR driver Brian Vickers will miss the rest of the NASCAR season due to health issues. Michael Waltrip Racing said Monday in an emailed press release that a doctor discovered a small blood clot in the calf region of Vicker’s right leg.
Vickers said Dr. William Downey has placed him on blood thinning medication after the examination Monday morning.
“If there’s anything to be positive about with today’s news it’s that this is only a temporary setback,” said Vickers. “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.”
“We were just informed this morning and our concern is for Brian’s health,” said MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman. “Anything else will be worked out in due course.”
Vickers said his physicians are confident he will be able to resume activity before the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season begins. He is slated to race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series for Michael Waltrip Racing full time next season after running a partial schedule this season. Vickers also races for Joe Gibbs Racing full time in the Nationwide Series; he is currently 8th in the Nationwide Series points. He also subbed for injured driver Denny Hamlin earlier this season.