Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 9/1/14

FONTANA, CA - OCTOBER 09: Brian Vickers, driver of the #83 Red Bull Toyota speaks with the media prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway on October 9, 2009 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images)

NASCAR driver Brian Vickers will pay homage to the University of Louisville's men's basketball team later this month by driving a custom car and wearing a custom suit.Vickers will pay tribute to the Cardinals and their 2013 national championship run at the Kentucky Speedway in the Quaker State 400. The race is slated for June 29."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."Things couldn't be going any better for Louisville fans at the moment. The baseball team just punched its second ever trip to the College World Series this past weekend on the heels of the men's basketball squad winning the title, the women's national runner-up run, and the football team's upset victory over Florida in the Sugar Bowl.Louisville's recent success is probably hard for Kentucky fans to stomach, though. Nonetheless, it won't stop Vickers from going pro-Louisville in a few weeks in Sparta, Ky.Via Card Chronicle

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