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NASCAR’s Vickers says he doesn’t need personal car


BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — NASCAR driver Brian Vickers says he doesn’t have a personal car.

“I just find that I don’t need one in Miami or in New York,” the 30-year-old Vickers said Friday. “It’s just easier. If I need a car, I just rent one.

“And I also particularly don’t enjoy driving in traffic so my lovely wife does that. She seems to like it. She enjoys driving. I let her handle that. I try to avoid the topic at all costs.”

Vickers will be driving the No. 55 Toyota in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. The topic of his personal car use came up when he was asked to compare racing to driving a car on a public street.

“As far as road rage and driving in traffic, there’s nothing more painful for most of us – but especially a race car driver who’s used to going as fast as he wants in the lane that he wants – than sitting in a traffic jam and being cut off by people or having someone in the left lane riding 45 mph in a 70 mph zone next to a tractor and trailer,” he said. “There is just nothing more frustrating than that. You would obviously like to inform them of their transgression by using the chrome bumper but that is not legal on the road. So you restrain yourself from doing those things.”