But battles with life threatening illness in adulthood made the young racer turn his passion towards health.
After overcoming health obstacles himself, he has continued to share his journey to help and inspire others.
This weekend Vickers combines his passion for health and racing at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. where he’ll drive the No. 55 Janssen Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing.
Since last year Vickers has partnered with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a company that works to solve some of the most important unmet medical needs of our time in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
“Since Janssen entered the sport in 2014, as the official Cardiovascular Partner of NASCAR, they have helped to educate the racing community on serious health conditions and provided some great resources for race fans, said Vickers.
“One of my favorite tools they provide is Care4Today, a great, free app that alerts you about when and how you need to take your medicine. It really helped keep me on track with my treatments. I hope that others will download it too.”
In addition to its relationship with Vickers and MWR, Janssen will sponsor Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY race at Auto Club Speedway. In 2013 Janssen also sponsored races at Auto Club and Chicago Speedways.