Brian Vickers

Brian Lee Vickers (born October 24, 1983) is an American stock car and sports car racing driver. He most recently drove the No. 55 Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and was the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series champion. Vickers' career has been marred by a series of health issues since 2010 that have included blood clots and heart problems.

Vickers began running go karts in 1994. Over the next three years, he won eighty races in the World Karting Association, and won three championships, including the 1995 championship against three-time winner Mike Schwartz. In 1998, he moved to the Allison Legacy Series, and won five races during the course of the season.

After competing in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series in 1999, he moved to USAR ProCup; winning Rookie of the Year. He won two races in 2000. In 2001, he won five more races and finished 2nd in points.

Vickers made his Busch Series debut in the 2001 GNC Live Well 250 at Miwaukee in the No. 29 car; owned by his father Clyde Vickers' BLV Motorsports team. He qualified 30th and finished 37th after a crash. Vickers ran three more races that season; his best finish being 25th at North Carolina. In 2002, Vickers began running the Busch Series in his father's No. 40 Dodge Intrepid. He drove in 21 races, competing for Rookie of the Year honors; his best finish was 7th in the Hardee's 250 at Richmond, his only top 10 of the season on his way to finishing 30th in series points.

(Source: Wikipedia)