At age 20, Brian Vickers became the youngest racer to ever win one of NASCAR’s top three series when he clinched the Busch Series Championship in 2003. He’s driven Ferraris in some of Europe’s most prestigious races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2012, and he's recently taken up skydiving, you know, to break up the monotony of driving cars at 200 mph every few weeks. In 2014, Vickers, 30, raced six times with two top-10 finishes. You're definitely not alone if you secretly wish you live his life, even just for a day
But those are merely footnotes. In 2010, the young driver was diagnosed with an illness that threatened not just his career, but his life. Last week Supercompressor caught up with Mr. Vickers, and he was generous enough to discuss this, along with several race-related topics with our Rides editor, Aaron Miller. Gentlemen, start your engines.