Thursday, May 13, 2010

Vickers Hospitalized, Mears To Drive For Red Bull at Dover

Brian Vickers will not compete this weekend at Dover International Speedway due to an as-yet undiagnosed illness.

Red Bull Racing announced today that Vickers was hospitalized last night with what sources tell Sirius Speedway is a non-life threatening illness, with additional tests set to be performed today and tomorrow. He will be replaced in the #82 Red Bull Toyota this weekend by Casey Mears.

Vickers is currently 20th in Sprint Cup Series points, coming off a 10th place finish Saturday night at Darlington Raceway. He had been scheduled to visit Washington, D.C., for a tour of the United States Capitol and Walter Reed Army Medical Center's Military Advanced Training Center as the guest of Washington State Republican Congressman Doc Hastings. That trip has now been cancelled.

Red Bull General Manager and Vice President Jay Frye said, “Our main concern right now is with Brian and his health and recovery. All things are looking good at the moment; this is just a minor setback. We appreciate Casey filling in this weekend and know he will represent the team well.”

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