Seize the Day(tona)

As the new season nears, Brian Vickers isn't about to waste his second chance

Updated: January 31, 2011, 10:34 AM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

ON THE FIRST MONDAY OF THE NEW YEAR, the happiest place on earth wasn't Walt Disney World. It was its parking lot. That's where Brian Vickers slipped behind the wheel of a race car for the first time in nearly nine months. With a stent in one leg and a repaired heart in his chest, the two-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner gripped the steering wheel, pulled out for a test lap on the one-mile Walt Disney World Speedway and finally allowed himself to exhale.

"Racing is all I've known ...

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