Absence Made Vickers’ Racing Heart Grow Stronger
Brian Vickers is back behind the wheel this weekend. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Rusty Jarrett)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
With the memories and the scars of open heart surgery barely in his rearview mirror, Brian Vickers returned to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Vickers, 31, was en route to a photo shoot for primary Cup sponsor Aaron’s in mid-December when he began experiencing pain. He considered going home to take a nap, but due to previous severe health issues, Vickers decided to head to the Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte, N.C. Vickers called ahead to Carolinas Medical Center and proceeded to the emergency room as the pain continued to worsen. After several tests, doctors diagnosed a problem with the artificial patch that was placed over a hole in his heart in 2010. They immediately began preparing Vickers for surgery.
Vickers previously described the surgery as “a pretty traumatic event” filled with uncertainty. Vickers said Friday he truly is excited to be returning to the cockpit of the No. 55 Aaron’s 60th Anniversary Dream Machine Toyota Camry and working with his Michael Waltrip Racing team.
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