Brian Vickers will be returning to Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) in 2013, so he will have to share the No. 55 ride with Mark Martin and Michael Waltrip. Vickers claims he turned down other offers that would have allowed him to compete full-time in the Sprint Cup. I think he believes that MWR may eventually give him a full-time ride.
Sharing the No. 55 Car
Brian Vickers, Mark Martin and Michael Waltrip will be sharing the No. 55 car again in 2013. Waltrip plans to reduce the number of races he participates in to give the other drivers a better chance, but he will not stop competing. Vickers claims he is satisfied with the schedule for next season, "I felt like this is where I wanted to be. I looked for a home for a long time in NASCAR and felt like I found it."
Mark Martin will compete in 24 Sprint Cup races while Brian Vickers will be in 9 races. Michael Waltrip has stated that he will only participate in three races in 2013. Vickers has posted a grateful message on his official Twitter account that he is "happy to be back" with MWR.
The Future for Brian Vickers
Brian Vickers has pointed out that he received offers from other teams for the 2013 NASCAR season and had the chance to leave Michael Waltrip Racing. Instead, he has decided to accept a partial Sprint Cup season that forces him to share a ride with two drivers. Although Vickers has refused to divulge details about the offers, he has been linked to Joe Gibbs Racing as a potential candidate for the Nationwide Series team. Brian Vickers has not revealed his plans for Nationwide to the public, but his limited number of Sprint Cup races will allow him flexibility.
It seems clear that Brian Vickers hopes his loyalty to MWR will be paid back with a full-time ride in the future. He may be hoping to replace Mark Martin because his contract at Michael Waltrip Racing will expire at the end of 2013. Vickers was not able to compete in several races in 2010 due to blood clot issues, but he has made a complete recovery.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.
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