NASCAR AMERICA: The perseverance of Brian Vickers (VIDEO)

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As we have focused lately on Brian Vickers’ health issues over the course of his Sprint Cup career, perhaps we have forgotten about his ability to overcome obstacles.

Vickers, who underwent heart surgery in December but will return to action at Las Vegas this March, may have shown as much perseverance as anyone in the Sprint Cup Series.

Despite his health problems, he remains a competitive driver in NASCAR’s top division. That’s a distinction only so many people have in this world. And clearly, Vickers has worked hard to keep that.

Still, there are questions about whether his most recent scare will be the last. What if his body fails to hold up again? His Michael Waltrip Racing team and his main sponsor, Aaron’s, have shown admirable patience and support of Vickers. But would another setback give them pause?

Vickers, for his part, isn’t worried about that scenario. In an 1-on-1 interview with NASCAR AMERICA’s Nate Ryan, he said that his partners have assured him that they’ll continue to be behind him.

“I’d be lying if I said I haven’t thought about it – ‘How many times can I go through this without scaring them?,'” Vickers told Ryan. “But [the team and Aaron’s] just keep reminding me that that’s not how they think.

“They have my back, they support me, they want me in that car, and they’ll do anything they can to have that happen as long as it’s safe and the right, healthy thing to do.”

For more of Vickers’ interview with Ryan, check out the clip above.