Brian Vickers sidelined with medical issues again

Brian Vickers (Getty Images)

Brian Vickers (Getty Images)

Brian Vickers’ health issues have once again taken him out of a racecar. Michael Waltrip Racing announced Friday that Brett Moffitt will return drive the No. 55 Toyota in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Vickers informed MWR he has experienced a reoccurrence of blood clots, which will require the 31-year-old driver to begin taking blood-thinning medication. Vickers is not allowed to race while on the medication.

“First and foremost our thoughts are with Brian and his family,” said MWR founder and co-owner Michael Waltrip. “He isn’t just our race car driver, he is our friend and we know the NASCAR community will continue to rally around Brian. We are fortunate to have Brett Moffitt in our system and marveled at his great drive in Atlanta three weeks ago, so we know he can get the job done in the No. 55 this weekend. As this news is very fresh and the situation is very fluid, we can only plan for this weekend at this point.”

Vickers missed the first part of the 2015 season after he had open heart surgery at the end of last year. He made his season debut two weeks ago at Las Vegas. MORE>>>

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