Brian Vickers will miss the remainder of the NASCAR season because of blood clots in his lungs and left leg.
Vickers was hospitalized last week after having chest pains during a visit to Washington, D.C. Testing revealed clots and Vickers missed the race at Dover.
He is is being treated with blood thinners, and his physician couldn't clear him to race because of the dangers of getting injured in a crash.
He also tried to lighten the mood at the Friday afternoon press conference announcing Team Red Bull's plans for the rest of 2010...
"I can actually race on blood thinners, I just can't crash," he smiled. "So I said 'OK, what if I don't crash?' "
Red Bull Racing GM Jay Frye said the team was still deciding how the rest of the season is going to work, but indicated Casey Mears could stay in the seat- the only exception would be on the two road races left on the NASCAR schedule.
Vickers said he planned to be back in the car next season.
Here's highlights of Vickers win at
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