Brian Vickers is set to step in for the injured Tony Stewart in the Stewart-Haas Chevrolet team at the NASCAR Sprint Cup season opener Daytona 500.
Stewart is unable to make the start of the 2016 campaign after suffering a fractured vertebra when he was involved in an off-road crash in California two weeks ago. The team is planning to have Vickers as replacement for Daytona, subject to a NASCAR medical clearance, while it continues to look for a long term fill in driver while Stewart recovers.
Vickers himself has struggled with health issues since 2010 due to blood clots and heart problems. The 32-year-old has continued competing in NASCAR but cannot on a full-time basis as he is being treated for clots as his blood thinners increases of the chance of life-threatening internal bleeding if he is involved in an accident.
The 2003 NASCAR Busch Series champion, who has three Sprint Cup event wins to his name, had to be side-lined and made just two outing all year with Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota. The announcement is expected to be confirmed on Friday.