Vickers back for another chance at NASCAR

- March 16th, 2012

It is has been rough couple of years for Brian Vickers.
First there was a sudden onslaught of blood clots that nearly ended his life, let alone his NASCAR Sprint Cup racing career.
Then just when he gets back in the Red Bull Racing Toyota, the Austrian power drink company announces it is folding up its NASCAR tent and going home.
So Vickers is left without a team for the first time since signing with Hendrick Motorsports to drive that team’s Nationwide Series No. 5 Chevrolet back in 2003.
Although he expected to land a job before this season’s Daytona 500, it didn’t happen.
Only last week did he sign a deal with Michael Waltrip Racing to drive the No. 55 Toyota part-time. His first race will be Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Vickers said this week that it’s just like being back home, but he admitted missing Daytona was tough.
“There was definitely a part of me that was like, ‘Wow, this is the first time I have not been in Daytona in a
very, very long time,’” he said. “There was a lot of emotions going through that experience.”
He said that he did have some offers, but none that would have resulted in a competitive ride.
“There was opportunities there, but it was my choice to wait for the right fit,” Vickers said. “I believe I found it at MWR. I really enjoy it. I’ve spent some time at the shop the last couple of weeks and I’ve known (crew chief) Rodney Childers for 20 years. I really feel at home here.”
His deal at MWR is for only six races and Vickers fully expects to do well in what amounts to a showcase for his talents.
“I guess if that’s how they look at it,” he said. “I’m sure that’s how some people are maybe viewing the situation. For me, it’s just to go out there and have fun and try to win.
“Some people have called it my second chance, but it’s really my third or more. When I really think about it, with how thankful I am with all the experiences that have happened in my life — racing with a couple good teams to Red Bull winning and being in the Chase and being in the hospital the next year and not knowing if I was ever going to race again. Then getting a second chance ride there and now getting really a third chance. Very grateful for all those chances and opportunities.”
As for Sunday at Bristol he is in it to win it.
“We’ve got a really good car and a good setup for (Bristol). It’s very similar to what I drove in the fall race last year. Our goal is to go out and win the race.”

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