Vickers back behind the wheel
Red Bull Racing’s Brian Vickers was back in a race car Monday, testing at Walt Disney World Speedway. It marked the first time Vickers had been in a test session since he was sidelined with medical issues early in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
Vickers tweeted earlier in the day that he was pleased to be back in the car.
After the session, which was shortened because of rain, Red Bull Racing’s NASCAR Twitter account quoted Vickers as saying: “Today was a huge weight off of my shoulders. Not only for myself, but for the guys on the team. There were so many rumors, assumptions & speculations about my health & status for 2011, but today hopefully put all of them to rest. It felt damn good to be back in the car."
Vickers, 27, has spent eight seasons competing in the Cup series and is the 2003 champion in what is now the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He has two Cup victories to his credit and made the field for the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup. He ran 11 races in 2010 before doctors discovered blood clots near his lungs and in his legs. Vickers, who later underwent heart surgery, sat out the remainder of the season, watching a series of drivers compete in his No. 83 Red Bull Racing Toyota.