5 little-known facts about Brian Vickers' Atlanta sub, Brett Moffitt
FEB 26, 5:27p ET | Jared Turner
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.
Rotowire: Jan 21 / 2:45p ET
News: Doctors have medically cleared Vickers to return to full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup racing in early March, three months after corrective heart surgery, michaelwaltrip.com reports.
Impact: Vickers will return at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the No. 55 MWR Toyota. So he will only miss the first two points races of the season after his December heart surgery. Doctors have given Vickers a clean bill of health and have circled the calendar for his return, assuming his recovery stays on schedule.
Rotowire: Dec 15 / 6:52p ET
News: In a major blow both personally and to his team, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Vickers will miss the 2015 season-opening Daytona 500, as well as an unspecified number of subsequent early-season races due to health issues, NBC Sports reports.
Impact: Vickers will miss the Daytona 500 and an undetermined number of early-season races due to an unplanned surgery this past weekend. The MWR veteran had an artificial patch placed on his heart in 2010 to seal a hole. His body began rejecting that patch and Vickers had to have corrective surgery over the weekend. It is not known at this time how many races he will miss, but that seems largely tied to how his recovery goes over the next couple months.