Today it was announced that Brian Vickers will miss an unknown amount of races at the start of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to health issues relating to his body rejecting an artificial patch that was inserted in 2010 to fix a hole in his heart.
No replacement driver has been named at this time.
Below is Brian Vicker’s statement on the situation
[quote]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. 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 an artificial patch 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.[/quote]