The Easter off weekend may have come at a good time for Brian Vickers and the MIchael Waltrip Racing Aarons Dream Machine Team. After leading laps and being in contention at Darlington, the week before- the outcome was a less than desired finish after a flat tire set them back in the running order. However a great activation at the New York Auto Show with our friends at Toyota, followed by some perfect days in the Big Apple spending time with friends at the Billy Joel concert and who knows- maybe a few chocoalte eggs here and there; It is time to get back to business this weekend at Richmond International Speedway in the Toyota Owners 400. A race that has a bit of extra special meaning as since 2007, and Toyota making its entry into the Sprint Cup Series- Vickers has been part of their program. Whether it was Red Bull Racing, Braun, Turner, or Joe Gibbs- he has been in a Camry seat. When asked about the relationship between himself, the brand and the race coming up: “I love the fact it is the Toyota Owners 400 now and not the other thing. It would mean a lot to win there. It would be very special especially being with Toyota as long as I have and seeing their growth in the sport. Any victory in the Sprint Cup series is awesome but winning with a manufacturer that has supported me for so long would be extra cool.”
This will be the first time back at Richmond in a Sprint Cup Series car since this race last year when he subbed for the injured Denny Hamlin. The race started off strong, had a bit of a struggle towards the middle, and as they got the car right and he was making a huge charge- they got caught up in a big mess on the backstretch. Brian does like Richmond and has this to say about the venue: “I like Richmond, I think it is a great track for racing and for the fans in general. It’s kind of an in-between track. Fans get to experience the thrill of speed while also getting the feel of side-by-side racing. Unlike most short tracks you get a lot of side-by-side racing in the corners at Richmond. You also get two-three wide racing with guys trying different lines. That makes the track great and challenging. You have to get through the center of the corner and keep the car turning without getting loose in— that’s difficult.”
If you will be attendning the race this Saturday- make sure to stop by the Toyota Pit Pass display at 355PM on Saturday. BV will be out there for a bit talking with fans and answering your questions.