David Ragan to drive Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 for remainder of 2015
APR 28, 8:36a ET | Jay Pennell
Rotowire: Mar 20 / 10:59a ET
News: Vickers has been sidelined again by blood clots that prevent him from safely driving a race car. Vickers' third bout with blood clots was announced Friday by Michael Waltrip Racing, The Associated Press reports.
Impact: This is a terrible setback for Vickers after just reclaiming his ride two weeks ago at Las Vegas. The Michael Waltrip Racing veteran has had a long history of medical problems related to his blood clots, and they have once again taken him out of his race car. Vickers will be once again placed on blood thinners to deal with the clots and hopefully won't be out of action too long. Brett Moffitt has been named to drive the No. 55 Toyota this weekend at Auto Club Speedway.
Rotowire: Mar 4 / 8:26a ET
News: Excuse Vickers if taking the green flag to start Sunday's Las Vegas race seems as rewarding as a trip to victory lane. Vickers missed the 2015 season's first two races as he recovered from Dec. 13 heart surgery, Michael Waltrip Racing PR reports.
Impact: The veteran driver returns to the driver's seat of his No. 55 Toyota this weekend at the Vegas oval after missing the first two events of the season. Doctors have given him a clean bill of health and add that his sternum is even stronger than before. Vickers should make a big splash in his season debut in the Kobalt Tools 400.
Rotowire: Feb 13 / 9:05a ET
News: Vickers met with members of the media at Media Day at Daytona International Speedway and discussed how he's feeling as well as his plans for the upcoming season, Toyota Racing PR reports.
Impact: Vickers went under the knife in mid-December to deal with a hole in his heart. The recovery process has been tough, but over a very short period of time. "I'm feeling good considering everything," Vickers said. "It's amazing with everything that's happened and how fast the recovery has been and how well I feel now relative to how I felt a month ago or two months ago much less." Las Vegas practice will be the veteran driver's first laps in a car during week three of the season. Vickers will have to shake off the rust quickly and get back into physical and metal racing form during that event at LVMS.