Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip Racing
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:10:29 -0800
Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers (calf) is no longer using blood thinners and plans to race in a full Sprint Cup schedule in 2014, starting with the Daytona 500. He missed the final five races last season after a blood clot was discovered in his right calf in October. He missed the final 25 races in 2015 because of blood clots and heart surgery. Vickers must be medically cleared before returning to racing. Aaron's will be the full-time sponsor for Vickers' No. 55 Toyota all season.
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:41:20 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing announced Thursday, Oct. 17, that driver Elliott Sadler will fill in in the No. 55 Toyota in each of the final four Sprint Cup Series races this season, starting next weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Owner Michael Waltrip will drive this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Driver Brian Vickers (calf) will miss the rest of the season with a blood clot in his right calf.
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:55:19 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers (calf) will miss the rest of the Sprint Cup season due to a blood clot in his right calf. He was put on blood-thinning medication that will keep him from racing. Vickers also missed the final 25 races in 2010 with blood clots that required surgery. "If there's anything to be positive about with today's news it's that this is only a temporary setback," Vickers said. "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."
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:21:00 -0700
Stewart-Haas Racing announced Monday, Aug. 19, that driver Tony Stewart (leg) will officially miss the remainder of the Sprint Cup season after missing the last two races with a broken right tibia and fibula. Driver Mark Martin will replace Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet for 12 of the final 13 races, beginning this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Driver Austin Dillon will drive for the team at Talladega Superspeedway. Martin has been given his release from Michael Waltrip Racing and the No. 55 car, where he was scheduled to drive 10 of the final 13 races. Driver Brian Vickers, who will take over full time in the car next year, will drive those races. Stewart is expected to return for preseason testing in January. Stewart's No. 14 car is 13th in owners points, 10 out of the top 10.
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:04:30 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing plans to announce Tuesday, Aug. 13, that driver Brian Vickers will be the full-time driver of the No. 55 Sprint Cup car next season, according to sources close to the situation. Vickers has split the last two years in the car with driver Mark Martin.
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:35:22 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) is planning on starting the Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for his first race since suffering a compression fracture in his lower back March 24 at Auto Club Speedway. Hamlin has been cleared "just to start" this weekend, meaning he will drop back to the back of the pack and ride around until the first caution and then give way to driver Brian Vickers. He will collect all the points for whatever place Vickers earns just by starting the race. Hamlin is currently 71 points outside the top 20 in points. Hamlin will have another scan on his spine next week and must be cleared to drive at Darlington before making a full return. He will consider having surgery in the offseason to fix his injury and other back problems he's had over the years.
Fantasy Tip: Obviously, this weekend is not the time to start Hamlin on your fantasy team. Next weekend probably isn't, either, if he gets full clearance to race. It's safer to hold off and make sure he's completely healthy and at top form before throwing him back into your lineup.
Mon, 01 Apr 2013 10:44:01 -0700
Mark Waltrip Racing driver Mark Martin will replace Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) for the race at Martinsville, then Brian Vickers will take over the remaining races Hamlin misses. Vickers is scheduled to make his first start in the No. 11 car at Texas Motor Speedway. Hamlin likely will return for the May 11 race at Darlington but could also return for the May 4 race at Talladega.
Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:53:12 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing driver Mark Martin will drive in the No. 11 car for Joe Gibbs Racing in place of the injured Denny Hamlin (back) at Martinsville Speedway Sunday, April 7, while Brian Vickers will be behind the wheel of the No. 55 machine for MWR. "As previously announced, Brian Vickers will race MWR's No. 55 Jet Edge Toyota Camry at MWR at Martinsville," the release said Friday, March 29.
Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:52:44 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racings announced Friday, March 29, that Brian Vickers will take over the No. 11 race car at Texas Saturday, April 13, in place of the injured Denny Hamlin (back).
Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:34:43 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Friday, March 29, that driver Mark Martin will fill in for driver Denny Hamlin (back) in the No. 11 Sprint Cup car while Hamlin recovers from his injury. Martin's first race in the car will come next weekend April 7 at Martinsville Speedway. Martin will be replaced in the No. 55 car for Michael Waltrip Racing in the Cup Series with driver Brian Vickers, who is already running nine races in the No. 55 this year. Hamlin is expected to miss five races. Martin has two wins, 12 top-fives and 25 top-10s in 48 career starts at Martinsville. He has an average finish of 13.3 at the track.
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:12:18 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Thursday, March 28, that driver Mark Martin could replace driver Denny Hamlin (back) while he recovers from a back injury. The team is considering having Martin drive in all five races in the No. 11 car while Hamlin is sidelined. Driver Brian Vickers would pick up Martin's schedule for Michael Waltrip Racing and the No. 55 car that would include races at Texas, Kansas and Richmond. Vickers could also race for Hamlin for four races after next week at Martinsville, where he's scheduled to drive the No. 55 for Martin. Driver Elliott Sadler could also drive for Hamlin the entire time, although that is the least likely option.
Fantasy Tip: Martin and Vickers are not strong fantasy options on a weekly basis, but they might be useful as a No. 4 driver depending on the particular track that week.
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:10:13 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) is expected to be out for about six weeks while he recovers from an L1 vertebra compression fracture suffered Sunday, March 24, at the Auto Club 400. He was examined by a physician in North Carolina Tuesday, March 26. The good news is that he will not require surgery. Joe Gibbs Racing has drivers Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler available as substitute drivers, although Vickers is slated to drive for Michael Waltrip Racing in the No. 55 car at Martinsville Speedway April 7.
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:42:21 -0800
Michael Waltrip Racing driver Mark Martin said he doesn't expect to drive the team's No. 55 car in the Sprint Cup Series in 2014. "I don't expect to be in it (in 2014)," Martin said. "That's not my goal. My goal is to see … the 55 car race for the championship driver-wise." Co-owner Michael Waltrip will drive the car in three races this year while driver Brian Vickers will be in it for nine. Vickers has talked about a full-time ride with the team in 2014, and it may be in the No. 55 car. However, Martin isn't saying that he's ready to retire just yet.
Tue, 06 Nov 2012 08:48:15 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Brian Vickers will run a full Nationwide Series schedule next season with Dollar General as the primary sponsor. An extension with Dollar General includes 17 Sprint Cup races with driver Matt Kenseth, including the Daytona 500. Vickers will make his debut in the No. 20 Nationwide car this weekend at Phoenix.
Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:27:06 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers said he turned down Nationwide Series rides next season in order to drive a part-time schedule for the team in 2013. He'll drive nine races in the No. 55 Toyota, which will be lead mainly by driver Mark Martin. Owner Michael Waltrip will run in three races next year. Vickers is eyeing a full-time ride with the team in 2014.
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:42:56 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing owner Joe Gibbs said the team plans to reach an extension with driver Kyle Busch well before his contract expires after next season. "It's always neat to have it done sooner than later," Gibbs said. "All of our drivers, different times, when it works, what fits? We're in that process now." However, the team is in no rush to get a deal done before the end of this season. The team could also recruit drivers Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers to drive full time in the Nationwide Series next year.
Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:04:39 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Joey Logano is a leading candidate to join Penske Championship Racing and take over the car that driver A.J. Allmendinger vacated when he was released after violating NASCAR's rule for banned substances. However, owner Roger Penske has made no final decisions on who will replace Allmendinger next season. JGR would like to keep Logano on their team even though they are expected to announce that Roush Fenway Racing driver Matt Kenseth will join the team in 2013. Stewart-Haas Racing driver Ryan Newman and Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers are other candidates for PCR.
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 09:16:36 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing announced Friday, March 30, that driver Brian Vickers will be adding two road course races to his Sprint Cup schedule this year. He will add the races at Sonoma and Watkins Glen to his schedule. Driver Mark Martin will drive the No. 55 Toyota in 24 races for the team.
Fri, 09 Mar 2012 08:47:07 -0800
Michael Waltrip Racing announced Friday, March 9, that driver Brian Vickers will run in six Sprint Cup races this year in the No. 55 Toyota. Vickers will drive at Bristol Motor Speedway next weekend and the other Bristol race later in the year. He will also race at New Hampshire and Martinsville.
Tue, 21 Feb 2012 09:17:27 -0800
Free-agent driver Brian Vickers (Red Bull Racing) vows to find a team and ride for the 2012 Sprint Cup season. He will miss the Daytona 500 this year. "I'm right now sitting at home, but that's OK," Vickers said. "I've got some great ideas that I'm very excited about. We're working with and talking to several of the sponsors in exploring a lot of options. I'm not going to fill you all in yet, but some options I'm pretty excited about."
Tue, 06 Dec 2011 08:49:47 -0800
Roush Fenway Racing officially released driver David Ragan Monday, Dec. 5, and he is now looking to replace driver Kurt Busch at Penske Championship Racing. PCR will consider Ragan "and others" for the No. 22 car next season. Michael Waltrip Racing driver David Reutimann and Red Bull Racing Brian Vickers are other drivers that could be considered. Driver Sam Hornish Jr. will not be under consideration.
Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:28:10 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers is not ruling out a return to the team if investors can keep the team in NASCAR.
Mon, 02 May 2011 08:51:05 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers finished 10th in the Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday, April 30.
Mon, 18 Apr 2011 09:41:51 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers finished 38th in the Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, April 17, according to NASCAR.com.
Mon, 11 Apr 2011 09:24:04 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers finished 27th in the Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, April 9, according to NASCAR.com.
Mon, 04 Apr 2011 09:10:06 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers finished 17th in the Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway Sunday, April 3, according to NASCAR.com.
Mon, 28 Mar 2011 09:08:33 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers finished eighth in the Sprint Cup Auto Club 400 at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday, March 27, according to NASCAR.com.
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:33:17 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers finished 36th in the Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday, March 20, according to NASCAR.com.
Mon, 07 Mar 2011 09:10:53 -0800
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers finished 10th in the Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, March 6, according to The Associated Press.
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:33:38 -0800
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers finished 30th in the Sprint Cup Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday, Feb. 27, according to NASCAR.com.
Mon, 21 Feb 2011 11:13:28 -0800
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers finished 31st in the Daytona 500 Sunday, Feb. 20, according to NASCAR.com.
Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:42:35 -0800
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers (illness) made his first appearance in his Sprint Cup car Monday, Jan. 10, since taking medical leave last season, according to NASCAR.com's Dave Rodman. Vickers is participating in a two-day tire test in Florida. "(Monday) was just a huge weight off of my shoulders, not only for myself, but for the guys on the team," Vickers said. "There were so many rumors, assumptions and speculations about my health and status for 2011, but (testing) hopefully put all of them to rest."
Fri, 22 Oct 2010 10:06:02 -0700
Red Bull Racing plans to field only two cars in the 2011 Sprint Cup season with driver Kasey Kahne in the No. 82 car and driver Brian Vickers in the No. 83, according to ESPN.com's David Newton. If Vickers is healthy enough to drive, driver Scott Speed will become a free agent.
Mon, 23 Aug 2010 04:32:39 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers (heart) said that he has been medically cleared to return to Sprint Cup racing next year, according to ESPN.com' David Newton. Vickers underwent heart surgery July 12 and a stent was placed in a vein in his left leg a day later. He is expected to be off blood thinners by early- to mid-January.
Tue, 10 Aug 2010 07:14:56 -0700
It is still unknown if Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers (blood clots) will be able to race in the 2011 Sprint Cup season, but he remains optimistic that he will be ready to race, according to The Associated Press.
Mon, 09 Aug 2010 10:02:42 -0700
Updating a previous report, Richard Petty Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne has agreed to a contract to drive for Red Bull Racing for the 2011 Sprint Cup season, according to FOXSports.com's Lee Spencer. The deal is also expected to include an engine switch from Toyota to Chevrolet. If driver Brian Vickers (illness) returns next year, Kahne is expected to take over for driver Scott Speed.
Fri, 21 May 2010 08:35:55 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers (blood clots) will miss the rest of the Sprint Cup season due to blood clots in his lungs and his left leg, according to ESPN.com.
Fantasy Tip: Vickers can now be dropped from your roster. Casey Mears, who replaced Vickers at Dover International Speedway last weekend, is expected to take over the No. 83 car for Red Bull Racing. However, Mears should be considered a low-end No. 3 or high-end No. 4 driver.
Wed, 19 May 2010 09:04:38 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Casey Mears will replace driver Brian Vickers (blood clots) for the second straight week in the Sprint Cup All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday, May 22.
Wed, 19 May 2010 09:04:21 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers (blood clots) is expected to miss at least three months while he undergoes treatment for blood clots, according to ESPN.com's David Newton. The team is waiting for Vickers' final prognosis, which will be announced Friday, May 21. "Most people die before they're diagnosed," Dr. Victor Tapson said last week. "Most people that die aren't even expecting it. Once it's diagnosed you're certainly not out of the woods, but you're ahead of the game."
Tue, 18 May 2010 06:59:23 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers (blood clots) is responding positively to treatment for blood clots in his legs and near his lungs, according to The Associated Press. He is still undergoing evaluation, although his return to racing is uncertain. The team plans to address the situation again Friday, May 21.
Mon, 17 May 2010 12:02:53 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers (blood clots) is on the entry list for this weekend's All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, according to NASCAR.com's Dave Rodman.
Mon, 17 May 2010 07:00:05 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers (blood clots) was released from the hospital Friday, May 14, where he was treated for blood clots around his lungs and in a leg, according to ESPN.com's David Newton. Vickers will undergo more tests, and the team plans to meet Monday, May 17, to discuss the long-term plans for Vickers and the No. 83 car. Several physicians said Vickers' symptoms point to deep vein thrombosis.
Fri, 14 May 2010 06:52:11 -0700
Updating a previous report, Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers (blood clots) will miss the Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway Sunday, May 16, after suffering from various blood clots in his veins, including one in or around his lungs and one in his legs, according to ESPN.com's David Newton. He was immediately put on high doses of medication to thin his blood and break up the clots. There is no timetable for Vickers' return. There is a chance he could be released from the hospital as early as Friday, May 14.
Thu, 13 May 2010 07:19:50 -0700
Tommy Baldwin Racing driver Casey Mears will replace Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers (illness) in the No. 83 Toyota at Dover International Speedway this weekend due to a recent diagnosis of a medical condition. Vickers was hospitalized Wednesday, May 12, and continues to undergo further testing.
Mon, 10 May 2010 07:20:14 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers finished 10th at Darlington Raceway Saturday, May 8, according to The Associated Press.
Mon, 03 May 2010 07:34:55 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers finished 20th in the Crown Royal presents the Heath Calhoun 400 at Richmond International Raceway Saturday, May 1, according to NASCAR.com.
Fri, 30 Apr 2010 12:52:42 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers will start ninth in the Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday, May 1, according to NASCAR.com.
Mon, 26 Apr 2010 07:52:39 -0700
Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers finished 29th in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, April 25, according to NASCAR.com.
Mon, 19 Apr 2010 11:18:29 -0700
NASCAR.com reports Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers finished 38th in the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Monday, April 19.
Mon, 12 Apr 2010 11:12:06 -0700
NASCAR.com reports Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers finished 37th in the Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway Saturday, April 10.