Partnering with Janssen at Fontana To Promote Blood Clot Awareness
KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 14, 2016) – Nobody in NASCAR and probably few people in the world possess a better understanding of the dangers of blood clots than Brian Vickers. The health condition has forced the 32-year-old driver out of racing a few times in his 14-year NASCAR Sprint Cup career. But Vickers isn’t alone in his experience with blood clots. On average, one person dies from a blood clot about every five minutes.
That’s why, for three consecutive years, Vickers and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., have partnered to educate race fans about the serious risk for blood clots. And, this weekend, Janssen will sponsor Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race – the TREATMYCLOT.COM 300 – at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
Vickers’ work supporting blood clot awareness takes a high-profile approach when he races the No. 14 Janssen Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation Chevrolet SS in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup race at Fontana to further support health and well-being initiatives. Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation has been entrusted to continue Arnold Palmer’s legacy of philanthropy and invests in organizations that help children, youth, families, the environment and communities.
“I’m proud to team up with Janssen once again to talk about this serious condition I share with hundreds of thousands of Americans,” Vickers said. “I’m also thankful and excited to be driving for Stewart-Haas Racing in the No. 14 Janssen Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation Chevrolet in support of my dear friend and fellow blood clot survivor, Mr. Arnold Palmer.”
Vickers and Palmer met during their work together with Janssen to share their personal experiences with blood clots. Janssen has chronicled their stories, and fans can view them at www.TreatMyClot.com.
The special paint scheme on the Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) entry in Sunday’s race is a show of support for Palmer, who will host this week’s PGA Tour stop, the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida. The golf tournament is one of the most prestigious events on the tour. Vickers’ No. 14 show car, a full scale replica of the No. 14 Janssen Arnie’s Army paint scheme, will be on display near the ninth fairway throughout the week-long tournament.
This weekend, Vickers is substituting for three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, who sustained a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra in a Jan. 31 all-terrain vehicle accident. Stewart was recently evaluated by doctors, who have implemented a rehabilitation regimen that will hasten his recovery. Future evaluations will be necessary before a timetable is known for Stewart’s return to racing. However, a full recovery is expected for the three-time Sprint Cup champion, as is his return to the No. 14 Chevrolet this season.
Sunday will mark Vickers’ third time racing the No. 14 in 2016. He finished 26th in the season-opening Daytona 500, and a broken rear gear left him with a 36th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway two weekends ago. Ty Dillon finished 17th at Atlanta Motor Speedway Feb. 28 and 15th at Phoenix International Raceway last weekend.
Brian Vickers, Driver of the No. 14 Janssen Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing:
Assess your performance in the No. 14 so far in 2016?
“We’ve run a lot better than our results. We were up there in a lead pack near the end of the race at Daytona but just got shuffled out at the end. We gave it a heck of a shot and thought we were going to get a great finish. At Las Vegas, we were coming out of the pits in about 15th thinking we were looking really good for the finish and then broke a rear gear. This team is really good and it will get results this year. I’d love for it to start this weekend in California.”
What are your thoughts on racing at Auto Club Speedway?
“I love this place. It is so wide and fast. My doctors and NASCAR cleared me before Daytona. I’m totally focused on racing, but I’ve also teamed up with Janssen to share the risks for deep vein thrombosis and to get the word out about the risk of blood clots. March is Blood Clot Awareness Month, so we are running a special paint scheme this weekend in Fontana to promote greater awareness about the dangers of blood clots. Janssen is also sponsoring the Xfinity race on Saturday with the TREATMYCLOT.COM 300. You know, I’ve been fortunate over the last few years to have doctors, friends, family and medicine to help me overcome this. This is just a way to give back and help others. I’m telling everyone to go to www.TREATMYCLOT.COM to learn more about blood clots and information that can help everyone.”
Besides performance on the track, what do you and Janssen hope to accomplish this weekend?
“I want people to be mindful of what the signs and symptoms are. Visit www.TREATMYCLOT.COM to learn about the warning signs and, if you experience any of the signs or symptoms, talk to your doctor. That’s the best thing to do. I’m always mindful and take precautions. When you’re taking long flights, you stand up and you walk around. That’s not just for me. Everyone should do that. Obviously, I keep an eye out for signs and symptoms such as swelling or unexplained pain in the arms or legs, redness of the skin or shortness of breath, but one of my incidents was a provoked incident. I had to wear an ankle brace for a month, which is known to create clots. I’m more mindful and probably more careful to try to get ahead of it. Other than that, I just live my life and go racing.”
- Tom Jensen
NASCAR Editor at FOXSports.com & RACER Magazine