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Padecky: NASCAR star Brian Vickers has drive for survival

  • Brian Vickers of the Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, talks with his pit crew about the handling of his car, Friday June 20, 2014 during the Toyota / Save Mart 350 practice at Sonoma Raceway. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Brian Vickers is searching. It shouldn't take long. After all it was four years ago last month when it happened. That's a lot of time to find the words, to describe what it felt like to suffocate, to find life leaving his body, to feel utterly helpless. The NASCAR driver is searching and searching and ...

"You know, when I scuba dive," Vickers said, "I know the air is right there."

Vickers raises his right hand and points it skyward, as if the ocean's surface is a few feet away.

"It's right there when I need it (air)," he said.

Vickers lowers his hand, then his head, then his voice. This is as close as he can get to describing how fragile he felt in May 2010.

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