Brian Vickers cleared to return to racing in early March

Brian Vickers will miss only the first two races of the 2015 Sprint Cup season.

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"With the clearance from his physicians, Brian Vickers has satisfied all necessary NASCAR requirements to resume racing on March 5," said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s executive vice president & chief racing development officer. "Further, NASCAR has reviewed the circumstances surrounding his situation and has determined that he will maintain Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup eligibility despite neither entering nor attempting to qualify in the first two championship events, provided he meets all other necessary eligibility requirements.”

Vickers, 31, has been sidelined multiple times for health issues since the 2010 season. That year, the Thomasville, N.C., native competed in only 11 Sprint Cup Series races before blood clots were discovered in his legs and lungs. Vickers also had surgery to repair a hole in his heart and was kept out of the Red Bull Racing car for the remainder of the year.