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It’s hard to believe it’s already been four years since Trevor Bayne, driver of the #6 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing in the Sprint Cup Series, surprised everyone with his win in the 2011 Daytona 500. His life, on and off the track, has changed greatly in that time – here are the updated Fast Facts on the young driver, who was originally profiled here in Feb. 2011.
- Trevor Bayne was born Feb. 19, 1991 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He began racing at age 5, and has over 300 career wins and 22 titles – three of which are World Karting Association championships. In 2004 and 2005 he raced in the Allison Legacy Series, earning Rookie of the Year in 2004 and the championship in 2005. In 2006 he moved to the USAR Pro Cup Series Southern Division and won Rookie of the Year.
- In 2008, Bayne moved to Dale Earnhardt Inc. in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East; he finished second in the Toyota All-Star Showdown in January 2009.
- In 2009, Bayne began his first NASCAR Nationwide Series (now Xfinity Series) season with Means Racing in the #52, finishing the season with CJM Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing, where he continued to race for the first 28 races of the 2010 season. In Sept. 2010, he left Waltrip and signed with Roush Fenway Racing; in November 2010, he made his first Sprint Cup Series start at Texas for the Wood Brothers, finishing 17th.
- In 2011, plans were to have Bayne race a limited number of Cup races for the Wood Brothers and compete for the Nationwide Series title in Roush-Fenway’s #16 Ford Mustang in all 36 races. On Feb. 20, one day after his 20th birthday, Bayne won the Daytona 500, becoming the youngest winner in race history; his first win came in his second-ever start.
- Bayne spent the rest of 2011 as well as the next three seasons racing on a limited schedule for the Wood Brothers while attempting to compete in the Nationwide Series full-time, vying for the championship. His 2011 title hopes were derailed when he suffered an “inflammatory condition” after receiving what was initially thought to be a spider bite on his arm in April; he later revealed that he was treated for Lyme Disease. In Nov. 2013, Bayne revealed he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
- Off the track, Bayne is a devout Christian who has completed a number of mission trips to Mexico. He and the former Ashton Clapp were engaged in Dec. 2012 and married June 4, 2013.
- Learn more about Bayne at www.trevorbayne.com and www.roushfenway.com.