Michael Waltrip Racing announced on Monday that driver Brian Vickers will miss the start of the 2015 season due to heart-related health issues.
Vickers 31, has been sidelined multiple times since the 2010 season due to health issues.
“First, I want to thank everyone for their sincere support. I have faced obstacles before and it has made victory that much sweeter and I know that will be the case again,” Vickers said in a team release. “My previous experiences have given me a very keen understanding of my body. Late last week I knew something wasn’t right, so I went to the hospital to be checked out. Following several tests, it was discovered that my body was rejecting the artificial path that was inserted in 2010 to fix a hole in my heart. Saturday, I had to have corrective surgery to repair the hole and now I am beginning the recovery process. I will need plenty of time, rest and rehab, but this temporary setback will not stop me from pursuing my dream of becoming a NASCAR Sprint Cup champion.”
Thus far MWR has not announced a replacement driver for the No. 55 Toyota Camry.
“Brian has been part of the MWR family since 2012 and our throughts today are with Brian, his wife Sarah and the Vickers family,” said team co-owner Rob Kauffman. “As a race team, MWR has plenty to consider and we will confer with our partners, including Aaron’s and Toyota. As this is fresh news, we will adjust our future plans as more informations becomes available.”