Red Bull Racing announced on Thursday that Brian Vickers would miss this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series event at Dover International Speedway due to an undisclosed illness. Vickers, the driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota, was hospitalized on Wednesday and according to team General Manager Jay Frye things are “looking good at the moment.”
Filling in for the recovering Vickers will be Casey Mears. After losing his ride with Richard Childress Racing at the end of the 2009 season, Mears has driven for Keyed Up Motorsports, Tommy Baldwin Motorsports and served as the stand in driver for Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin.
“Our main concern right now is with Brian and his health and recovery,” said Frye. “All things are looking good at the moment. This is just a minor setback. We appreciate Casey filling in this weekend and know he will represent the team well.”
“It is unfortunate that I will not be able to participate in the Dover race. Casey is a good friend of mine, and I know he will do his best for the No. 83 team this weekend,” Vickers said.
The 26-year-old Vickers remains hospitalized and is currently undergoing further testing and evaluation.