If you’re a NASCAR fan, you already know about Trevor Bayne. He’s the hot topic in NASCAR and we’re all excited to see if he’ll kick off this seaon with another Daytona 500 win like he did last year.
Lucky for us, we got a chance to catch up with the 21-year-old Trevor who, inspite of all the attention and spotlight, is just a regular guy.
What was that moment like when you won Daytona 500 last year? What was the first thought you had?
I don’t think it sunk in for a long time. I was at the Hall of Fame ceremony a few weeks ago, and they were showing the wins from Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty and all these great s and then the next video was my win at Daytona 500…but it really didn’t sink in until the next day. I was on the plane the next day and that was the first time when I was by myself when I looked down saw the ring and I almost teared up. It was an awesome expierence.
Do you feel pressure to defend your title next weekend?
Yes, it’s a little bit of pressure. It was something that happened way before I expected it. If it happens, it happens. We did it last year, so there’s no reason to think we can’t do it agian this year.
You started racing go-karts as a young boy?
I started when I was five. But I was racing dirt bikes at three. My parents thought I would get hurt so they put me on go-karts and I was hooked. My dad’s dad raced cars and my mom’s dad raced boats, so I guess speed is in the blood.
If you weren’t racing, what would you be doing?
(laughing) You would not want to see me behind a desk! I think I would be doing some kind of action sports. I would have some hut in Nicaragua renting surfboards or something.
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?
I have a girlfriend in Knoxville, but I won’t be able to go home to see her. I’m going to send her a nice card–one of those extra big ones, so hopefully that makes up for it.
What’s one interesting fact about you most people don’t know?
I try to stay a normal kid. I try not to raise myself as some big NASCAR guy. I just like doing the normal stuff. I like to hang out with my friends in Knoxville, go on mission trips. I still like doing the normal stuff.
You’re very open about your faith. What role does faith play in your racing?
Faith is everything now to me in my racing. I now have this platform to use it. I came to know Christ when I was 15 and it’s changed my life. I now understand why I’m racing and He’s given me a huge platform. It gives me peace when at times when life isn’t so good like when I was sick last year. If I was living through my racing it would be difficult to get through it.
Trevor Bayne is a very normal, ordinary guy with an extraordinary faith that fuels his talent. It’s refreshing to speak with a young pro-athlete who’s down-to-earth with an understanding of his greater purpose.
We’re excited to follow Trevor during this NASCAR season and we can’t wait to see him win!
Check him out at the Daytona 500, Sunday, Feb 26th at 1pm FOX. Follow him on Twitter at @TBayne21