Both on the NASCAR circuit and in the game of life, Trevor Bayne is used to getting out in front quickly. He has written his name in the sports record books and is a newlywed at the tender age of 22. Bayne now has a new challenge to attack: multiple sclerosis.
NASCAR announced on Tuesday morning Bayne has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.He says he has no symptoms and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to continue to compete.
“There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible,” Bayne said in a NASCAR news release. “I will continue to trust God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
Bayne said that the support of Roush Fenway Racing, which owns Bayne’s No. 6 Advocate Ford Mustang, has been a big plus.
“Obviously, at first, when I found out, he said. “I didn't know how it would be taken, and the more I talked to them, the more support I got.”
Roush president Steve Newkirk expressed his support and admiration for Bayne’s willingness to go public, despite not exhibiting any symptoms of the disease.
“It was not something that he had any obligation to do, “ he said. “And quite frankly I don't think most 22-year-olds would have the maturity that he does to be able to deal with this."
Bayne is currently sixth in the NASCAR Nationwide series. He has one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes this year.
Bayne talked extensively about his faith and how it is helping him cope with whatever happens concerning his diagnosis.
“There are struggles and a lot of success,” he said. “But you have to see the whole picture of what we go through and what I'm going through and my family's going through. I just want people to understand that and be inspired in that and understand that they can overcome things.