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Vickers Out of All Star Race, Mears In

Despite all the wishful thinking coming from both Red Bull Racing (RBR) and 26-year old driver Brian Vickers, this weekend's All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will not see Vickers behind the wheel of the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota.

The team officially announced today Casey Mears, the man who stood in for Vickers at Dover, will also take his spot in the All Star race. According to RBR, NASCAR cleared the driver change.

"Given the extenuating circumstances we have dealt with this past week regarding Brian's health, we would like to thank NASCAR for their assistance and understanding of this unique situation by allowing us to compete in the All-Star Race," Jay Frye, Red Bull Racing Team general manager and vice president stated.

There's no word on Vickers condition yet. Despite the announcement made yesterday that the driver, who is suffering from blood clots, is responding well to treatment, things seem to have gotten a turn for the worse. Both Vickers and Frye are expected to hold a press conference today at CMS.

Because of his condition, Vickers missed the Dover race. Vickers is suffering from blood clots, a condition which has the potential of causing stroke, heart attack and even pulmonary embolism.

The doctors don't yet know what caused Vickers' clots, which are located around his lungs. There's no word on how long the condition will take to cure, nor is it clear for how long Casey Mears will fill his spot. Mears managed to qualify the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota 39th and only finished 22nd on Sunday.
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