By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
Brian Vickers has been dealt with some very tough news in the past few weeks. The driver checked himself into the hospital a couple of weeks ago complaining of chest pains, but he had no idea just how serious it really was.
Vickers as it turned out had blood clots around both lungs and in his left leg. Friday Vickers dropped another bombshell in a press conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway, announcing that his condition will keep him out for the remainder of the 2010 season.
“This sucks, because this is what I love to do,” Vickers said. “This is my life, this is what I love to do. I fully intend to be able to do it again.”
Vickers of course has two career victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and he actually made it into the chase for the championship last season. Casey Mears, who subbed for Vickers last week in Dover, will also fill in this weekend in the All-Star race, and beyond.
Vickers’ doctor is Steven Limentani. Limentani explained that the reason Vickers will be unable to compete for the remainder of the season was that he is currently using blood thinners.
“It is not advisable for him to race while he’s on blood thinners,” Dr. Limentani said.
Limentani did go on to say that he saw no evidence that use of Vickers’ sponsor Red Bull contributed to his condition. I must say my respect for Brian Vickers has grown immensely since this condition popped up, because he has dealt with it with great grace, and he has remained upbeat through it all. In fact he even cracked some jokes throughout the press conference including one about what may have caused the blood clots.
“I drink lots of water, too. So maybe that’s what caused it,” Vickers said sarcastically.
It’s horrible that Brian Vickers will have to miss out on what he loves most for the rest of the year, but health is the foremost concern on everyone’s mind. Without a doubt things could have played out a lot worse for the 26-year old North Carolina native driver, as blood clots are a very serious condition.
I fully believe in my heart that Vickers will be back, and when he does indeed come back he may be back with a vengeance.
“I do expect to be back in the car next season, and to win the Daytona 500,” Vickers said.