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Brian Vickers and a good day in the Bahamas Brian in the Bahamas. © Brian Vickers

There are few things as decidedly American as NASCAR racing, and the drivers who compete on the oval are always full of energy and personality. Brian Vickers is a prime example; his lust for life is evident whether he’s behind the wheel going 200 mph or traveling the world looking for his next adventure.

After qualifying for The Chase in 2009, Vickers was amped for a solid 2010 season but got some bad news in May. He was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and left leg, and the blood thinners that he was prescribed would keep him out of the car for the rest of the season.

He’s now back in the car for 2011, primed and ready for this weekend’s Daytona 500, the kickoff of the 2011 NASCAR season. He took a little time to let us in on some of his favorite things, and even sent us a few photos of his adventures out of the car over the last year. Read on to get to know BV a little better, and be sure to root for him in Sunday’s race…

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Favorite book:
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. I agree with the social and political implications that it delivers.

Favorite magazine:
The Economist. It is the best political writing available.

Favorite song or artist:
O.A.R. “About Mr. Brown”.

Favorite animal:
Lion.

Favorite color:
Red.

Favorite time to go to bed is 5:00 a.m. because that means it’s been a good night.

Favorite holiday:
Thanksgiving. I love getting together with family, and there is also no pressure for gifts.

Favorite tech gadget:
iPad.

Favorite thing to eat:
Pepperoni pizza.

Favorite thing to wear:
I like to be comfortable, so wearing shorts, a t-shirt and sandals is my favorite.

Favorite place to be:
Here, wherever that may be.

null Brian and the Winter XG superpipe. © Brian Vickers

Favorite way to indulge or treat/reward yourself:
My favorite indulgence is chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

Favorite times to get up/go to bed:
Favorite time to go to bed is 5:00 a.m. because that means it’s been a good night. Favorite time to get up is 7:00 a.m.

Favorite thing to spend money on:
Vacations and travel with friends and family, and business investments.

Favorite thing to do in your free time:
Same – vacations and travel with friends and family. I just love to travel and see new places.

null Brian in the Sistine Chapel. © Brian Vickers

Favorite Red Bull product (regular, sugarfree, energy shot, cola):
Regular because it gives me wings.

Favorite time for a Red Bull:
I usually reach for a Red Bull when I’m tired and need a pick-me-up.

Favorite thing about your sport:
Going 200 mph!

Favorite sport other than your own:
I’ll say bull-riding because as Ernest Hemingway once said, “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.”

Favorite celebrity or sports star:
Albert Einstein.

Favorite people to hang out with:
Friends and Red Bull athletes, who usually end up being one and the same. I love skydiving with the Red Bull Air Force guys… That is one thing I can’t wait to do now that I’m off the blood thinners.

null Brian skydiving. © Brian Vickers

Favorite thing in your house or apartment:
Hot tub.

Favorite thing about your life:
The new perspective I have from everything I went through last year health-wise. More than anything, just in life personally and professionally, I feel like I truly appreciate living in the moment more than I ever have. I think the key to being successful for me moving forward is to just do that. Just to appreciate being in Daytona, enjoying drafting with my friends and having fun knowing that something could happen and I may not be in that car tomorrow. I think if I just do that every single day, I get on the race track and I have fun and go out there with one intention and that is to win and nothing else matters as far as from a competition standpoint. Just treat every day as if it is the last.

Follow @redbullnascar and @brianlvickers on Twitter to keep up with Brian's NASCAR season.

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