MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Finally. Brian Vickers has something to get excited about in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The excitement came with the news that Vickers will add two more races to the previous six to complete his limited schedule with Michael Waltrip Racing.
Vickers was already slated to run both Bristol races, both Martinsville races, and both New Hampshire races this season, which was the previous six confirmed races.
Now, Vickers will run both Infineon and Watkins Glen in 2012.
The Thomasville, N.C. native admitted his top-five finish at Bristol just two weeks ago proved to be the deciding factor.
“It did lead to some additional races,” Vickers said during his media availability Friday morning.
“Brian did such an amazing job at Bristol that we wanted to reward him with more races,” said co-owner Michael Waltrip who will drive the No. 55 in four races.
Mark Martin will run the other 24 races, plus the All-Star race.
The long road for Vickers started earlier last season, with the news that Red Bull Racing would be closing its doors.
“I purposely waited for an opportunity that would allow me to be competitive and that is what I have found with Michael Waltrip Racing,” said Vickers.
“I could see all the progress MWR has made from the outside and when I was able to get to experience it first hand at Bristol, I was so impressed. It’s hard to explain, but each one of these team members and each one of the drivers truly cares about the other. There is a team atmosphere here and they welcomed me with open arms. That cooperation is how we were able to put three cars in the top five at Bristol. People don’t think of me as a road racer, but I love road racing and am so happy I will get a chance to compete at Infineon and Watkins Glen.”