(AP) Trevor Bayne says he has multiple sclerosis
By JENNA FRYER
AP Auto Racing Writer
NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne says he has multiple sclerosis. He does not expect the diagnosis to impact his racing career.
Bayne said Tuesday he will compete as scheduled at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series finales.
The 22-year-old driver was sidelined for five races in 2011 for an illness that led to hospitalization at the Mayo Clinic. Doctors ultimately called it an “inflammatory condition,” and it was never made clear if it was related to an insect bite he’d suffered weeks earlier.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” Bayne said in a release. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in, and I feel good. There are currently no symptoms, and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible.”
Bayne became the youngest winner in Daytona 500 history when he won the race as a 20-year-old in 2011.
He is scheduled to drive for Roush-Fenway Racing full-time next season in the Nationwide Series, and a partial Cup schedule for The Wood Brothers.
“We are 100 percent supportive of Trevor and his ability to compete in a race car,” Roush Fenway team owner Jack Roush said in the release. “I have full confidence in Trevor and his partners have all expressed that same confidence and support. As with all of our drivers, we look forward to standing behind Trevor and providing him with all of the tools he needs as he continues to develop in his young career.”
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