Apr 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Peyton Siva (3) Louisville Cardinals guard/forward Luke Hancock (11) during a press conference following their 82-76 win over Michigan Wolverines the championship game in the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville Basketball Honored by NASCAR Driver Brian Vickers


Today, it was announced by the Louisville Athletic Department that NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Brian Vickers will be wearing a suit that is covered with designs honoring the 2013 National Champions, the Louisville Cardinals.  He’ll be wearing this suit once, however, and it will be during June 29th’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, which is about 60 miles from the University.

The following is from gocards.com and is the reaction from Vickers himself, as well as Coach Pitino:

“This will certainly help my popularity with local fans that weekend,” laughed Vickers, who will drive Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 in the nationally televised NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

“I’m a big fan of sports in general so to have the national champions on board is a huge honor. They are winners and it’s always cool to surround yourself with success. Our goal is to make them proud.”

“We’re thrilled Aaron’s and Brian Vickers have chosen to run the Louisville colors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Kentucky Speedway,” said Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. “I know how many Louisville basketball fans are NASCAR fans, and like them I’m looking forward to seeing the car on the track. I think one of those die cast cars might eventually make it to my office. I’ve seen the paint scheme and it’s really sharp.”

So yes, as Coach Pitino said, it’s a big thanks to Aaron’s and Vickers to do something like this, even if it is to appease the local fans.  If you’re a NASCAR fan or Louisville Fan that wants to see this race in person, you can purchase tickets at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com/

Below are photos of Vickers’ suit, his car, and the Aaron’s hat he and his crew will be wearing.  I’m very excited about this and WILL be watching the Quaker State 400.  Now, I’m a Kyle Busch fan (which is an unpopular opinion), but I think Brian Vickers’ decision has worked and he’s earned a spot into my favorites list.  And I think the same can be said for about 746,906+ other people.


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