For this upcoming weekend, Brian Vickers will prepare for two races in two separate states. On Saturday, he will perform at the NASCAR Nationwide race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California on Sunday. During Tuesday’s NASCAR teleconference, Vickers was asked numerous times about the challenges he will face regarding traveling, as well as the terrain of each track.
“The races are going to be fun, but definitely challenging because I will not get to practice in between,” said Vickers. “I have never been to Road America, but I have raced at Sonoma for at least 10 years, and I am comfortable with the track.”
Vickers revealed pieces of his strategy, which involved focusing on one race at a time in order to remain confident and ready. Along with his discussion of strategies, he commented on the racing world in general, saying that many drivers come from racing backgrounds, allowing for more competition and a surprising outcome for each individual race.
Vickers also praised NASCAR and their ability to make racing a community event – one that excites drivers, fans, crew chiefs, teams, and anyone willing to watch on television.
“The excitement, the speed, the crashes– yes, the crashes, are all of the components that entertain the people,” Vickers said. NASCAR invested a lot of time and money to ensure the safety of the drivers by providing cars that are lighter in weight and easier to maneuver on the track.
Furthermore, Vickers discussed his mentality in a sincere way, and was not boastful about his experience or success.
“There is a lot of competition; everyone is fast and you never know who will win. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t,” he explained about a race’s unpredictable environment. “You have to be able to learn quickly and adapt to any situation.”
As a driver, one is able to quickly discover the “unique characteristics” of the land.
“Each track has character, which leads to good racing,” he said. Even though Vickers had a positive outlook on the various locations in which he raced, the bumpy track makes it difficult for him to accelerate to high speeds, without the splitter hitting the ground.
When asked about his preparation for double duty in extreme temperatures, he explained that he does a great deal of physical training, as well as mental preparation for the conditions.
“You have to be as ready as you can be, and you must have good cars and good teams,” he said.
One of the biggest challenges for Vickers will be the long 4 mile lap at Road America. The long lap will be difficult, but is often better than having a shorter track because drivers get mad at one another from being tightly packed together.
In Vickers’s last several races, he has been involved in a few crashes, which have destroyed the splitter on his car, which called for some repairs. He is due for a change of luck this weekend.
Caution, drivers. Vickers is coming through in both races for NASCAR this weekend.