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Brian Vickers, sidelined for now, plans to return to racing

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In one of the most unfortunate stories of the 2010 Sprint Cup season up to now, Brian Vickers has been diagnosed with pulmonary embolism, or blood clots in the lungs. He's been put on blood thinners and had left the hospital, only to return the next day when the pain returned. Of course, we were all hoping to see a speedy recovery, but alas, it's not to be. He will have to be on blood thinners for an undetermined time to come, and as a result of this will be sitting out the rest of the season.

Talking it over with his doctor and the general manager of Red Bull Racing, Brian tried to make light of the matter: "I can actually race on blood thinners, I just can't crash," he said in a interview Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "So I told them if I promise I won't crash, will they let me race?

"The answer was ‘No.'"

A crash while on blood thinners could be life-threatening, and Brian and Red Bull are not willing to take the risk. But Brian loves racing, and swears to return. "This is what I love to do, this is my life," he said, " ... and I fully intend on doing it again."

As we continue to wish Brian all the best and a full recovery, in a true "ill wind that blows nobody any good" moment, Red Bull is planning to keep Casey Mears in the seat for the foreseeable future, though they may bring in a ringer for the road courses. So good luck to Casey, and we hope he passes the audition.

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