Stewart-Haas Racing said Friday morning that Brian Vickers will be the interim driver of its No. 14 Chevrolet SS for all the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events during Speedweeks Feb. 12-21 at Daytona International Speedway. Vickers will practice the car Friday as the team readies for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited.
Vickers was introduced as the driver during a press conference at Daytona International Speedway. He is a three-time winner in the Sprint Cup Series and was the 2003 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion. His best Sprint Cup finish at Daytona is a second-place in the 2014 Coke Zero 400. His first career Sprint Cup victory came in 2006 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The 2016 Daytona 500 will mark Vickers’ ninth start in the season opening Sprint Cup event.
“I told myself that if I came back to racing, particularly the Sprint Cup Series, I wanted to be in a car that had a good chance to win,” Vickers said. “I hate Tony’s not here, but I’m honored to keep his seat warm until he gets back. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and wish him a quick recovery.”