Brian Vickers is set to substitute for the injured Tony Stewart in NASCAR’s season opening Daytona 500.
The Associated Press has revealed the plan ahead of a scheduled press conference on Friday.
Vickers is a three-time Sprint Cup race winner, but has run limited races over the last three years after being diagnosed with blood clots.
The 32-year-old appeared just twice with Michael Waltrip Racing last year before a recurrence of the blood clots saw him return to the sidelines.
Vickers will need a final medical clearance from NASCAR before taking to the famous speedway, which will host the Daytona 500 on February 21.