Vickers Sidelined for Rest of Season

Brian Vickers

Vickers will be sidelined for the rest of the season after being placed on blood thinning medication Monday. (Photo: Getty Images)

Brian Vickers will miss the rest of the season because of health issues, Michael Waltrip Racing announced Monday.

No replacement has been determined for Vickers’ ride in the Sprint Cup Series and his ride with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series.

Vickers was placed on blood thinning medication Monday morning after a small blood clot was discovered in his right calf region. Waltrip told Motor Racing Network that the issue was found in a “regular checkup.’’

Vickers said in a statement that he’s confident he’ll be back in the car in time for the start of next season.

“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.”

Waltrip said that Vickers remained in good spirits Monday despite the setback.

“To talk to him, to look at him and to hear his attitude, you wouldn’t know a thing in the world was wrong with him,’’ Waltrip told Motor Racing Network. “He said what he fought through in 2010 to today was because he was determined to win a Cup championship. That’s exactly what he was sharing with his team and us this morning. I’m thankful for his attitude. He assures us that he is fine and he’ll be healthy.’’

Vickers missed much of the 2010 season after blood clots were discovered in both lungs and his left leg in May. He was placed on blood thinning medication and sat out the rest of the year. He also had heart surgery in July 2010 to repair a small hole.

Waltrip was previously scheduled to drive the No. 55 car this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

Joe Gibbs Racing said it will announce at a later date who will replace Vickers in their Nationwide ride. That series is off the next two weeks, giving JGR plenty of time to consider its options.

“We are praying Brian will have a quick and full recovery from this latest issue,” Joe Gibbs said in a statement from the team. “Everyone at JGR appreciates all the hard work and effort he has given to our Nationwide Series program this year. He is a great competitor and we look forward to seeing him back on the track in 2014.”

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