FORT WORTH, TEXAS – APRIL 07: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Vickers speaks during a press conference as Stewart-Haas Racing unveils the No. 14 TaxAct Military Files Free Chevrolet that Vickers will race in the Duck Commander 500 on Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway on April 7, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Stewart-Haas Racing via Getty Images)

NASCAR driver wants another chance after suffering through life-threatening health scare


Brian Vickers has only raced sparingly over the last few seasons, but he is ready to return to the track if he can find a team and sponsor to give him a chance.

Vickers endured heart problems and blood clot issues in the past, but he said he has them under control. Now he just needs a team to take a chance on him and give him a car.

"My health is good," Vickers told NBC Sports. "I found a way to race safely and not have to worry about blood clots. Nothing has really changed from that end."

Vickers said he could race next week if a team wanted him, but he understands why teams have caution given his prior health problems.


"I get it, for a car owner or sponsor it's a hard sell, they're worried that I'll have another health issue like in the past," Vickers said. "I feel I proved last year in the 14 car that that's not a concern, I'm clear, I can race safely without blood clots.

"My doctor worked really, really hard to find a perfect regimen to keep me safe from clots and has allowed me to race. That hasn't changed."

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While he wants to race in the NASCAR Cup Series, he said he's open to racing in any series or even IndyCar.


At 33, Vickers believes he still has a lot of racing left in him.

"A day doesn't go by that I don't think and appreciate what the sport did for me," Vickers said. "I do miss it."

Vickers said he's always going to miss racing, and he's hoping he can get back on the track soon. He won three Cup Series races and three Xfinity Series races during his career.

(h/t NBC Sports)