Blog Entry

Brian Vickers to drive Waltrip's No. 55 car

Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:18 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 7:34 pm
 
By Pete Pistone

Elliott Sadler's inability to drive Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 55 car for five races has opened the door for Brian Vickers to get an opportunity.

Vickers will pilot the entry in the six events as an addition to the car's schedule for Mark Martin and Waltrip.

Sadler was named as the team's choice to fill the seat last week but withdrew after team owner Richard Childress felt it necessary to have the driver concentrate on his full-time Nationwide Series effort for RCR.

Vickers has been without a ride since the Red Bull Racing team shut its doors at season's end. He'll have an opportunity to drive a car that Martin has gotten off to a good start with this season running competitively at both Daytona and Phoenix.

“I am thrilled to get back behind the wheel of not just a race car, but a very fast race car,” said Vickers. 

“I’m lucky to find a ride of this quality so early in the season. That Toyota won the pole last weekend in Phoenix and you saw it up front throughout the race. I know how good (crew chief) Rodney Childers and team are. I’ve known Rodney since I was eight years old. This car is tied for sixth in points right now. This is going to be fun. I appreciate the opportunity Michael and the entire MWR organization are giving me.” 

Vickers will begin his schedule next Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway and Waltrip is excited to get his new driver behind the wheel.

“Brian Vickers is a veteran driver with almost 10 years experience, but he hasn’t even turned 30 yet,” said Waltrip. 

“He’s shown he can win at this level and we have every confidence he’ll run well with us. I believe in second chances and this is great opportunity for us and Brian. He wants to show the world how good he really is and we believe in the equipment and people we’re putting him with in 2012.”


 
More NASCAR coverage


Comments

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2012 6:12 pm
 

Brian Vickers to drive Waltrip's No. 55 car

Sorry brain fart. The move would be have Mark drive it full time. Period!



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2012 6:10 pm
 

Brian Vickers to drive Waltrip's No. 55 car

The best move would



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2012 9:31 am
 

Brian Vickers to drive Waltrip's No. 55 car

All I have to say about this is look out Matt Kenseth!!!



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:40 pm
 

Brian Vickers to drive Waltrip's No. 55 car

This seriously cant be happening??    Great, if this happens and Vickers really gets a ride, instead of calling it Spint Cup, they will need to rename it to demolition cup.     &
nbsp; Every race he is in, he leaves a trail of wrecked cars.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 3:33 pm
 

Brian Vickers to drive Waltrip's No. 55 car

there are now 42 drivers more nervous than ever



Since: Feb 22, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:04 pm
 

Brian Vickers to drive Waltrip's No. 55 car

yeah, great point... vickers driving at martinsville is a sight to be seen like no other...what an idiot mikey is...guess he doesnt mind paying for torn up race cars...perfect match...



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:23 pm
 

Brian Vickers to drive Waltrip's No. 55 car

Vickers is a good choice for Waltrip, he should wreck the Dream Machine just as effectively as Waltrip does.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com