The job demands for the driver of the Aaron’s Dream Machine are more than just climbing behind the wheel of the No. 55 for 38 races each year. Like most NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Brian Vickers also makes time for media and sponsor work along with a heavy dose of testing to make his Toyota faster. As the Sprint Cup Series prepares for Saturday night’s Charlotte race, the Michael Waltrip Racing driver’s time is in high demand.
On Tuesday, Vickers spent the majority of the day in Salisbury, N.C. working with Toyota Racing Development engineers. On Wednesday he’ll join Fox Sports 1 in the morning for media work before returning to MWR for an Aaron’s event that night with teenagers from Charlotte area Boys and Girls Clubs. In addition to practice and qualifying Thursday and Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Vickers will attend at least three MWR competition meetings and a Toyota event. He’ll make hospitality visits to Aaron’s, Freightliner and Toyota before racing 500 miles Saturday night.
The Aaron’s crew will test at Phoenix Oct. 14-15 and the following week Vickers will attend MWR sponsor events as well as the Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship in Nashville. He’ll test at California Speedway Oct. 28-29 before closing the season out at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.
It’s a busy schedule, but Vickers wouldn’t have it any other way.
BRIAN VICKERS: “You have to remember I have watched Cup races from a hospital bed when I battled blood clots and the couch when I was racing only in the Nationwide Series. I’m extremely thankful to be so busy. Sure it is a constant struggle to keep a personal life when you are on the go so much, but I’m not a person that can sit still very long. I like meeting people at Aaron’s events, getting to see race fans across the country and interacting with friends in the media. The testing can be tiresome at times, but it’s in testing where our work gets done that will pay dividends on the track. We as drivers are busy, but we are very fortunate. If we ever complain about the schedule it’s because the time demands on the crew are tougher on their families. But everyone in the sports feels very fortunate.”