Driver set to make Roush Fenway Debut this Weekend in Kansas
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2010) – Roush Fenway Racing announced it has signed up-and-coming NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne. The 19-year old has started all 28 races in the Nationwide Series this season, running to 10 top-10 finishes and five top fives. After getting acclimated in the series, Bayne has totaled three poles, nine top 10s and five top fives in his last 14 Nationwide starts. He is currently ranked seventh in the Nationwide Series standings.
“We are pleased to be able to sign a driver of both Trevor’s caliber and character,” said team owner Jack Roush. “Trevor has exhibited a distinctive ability to run fast, up front and compete side-by-side with veteran drivers in a relatively short amount of time. We feel that he possesses all of the tools necessary to grow into a top-level driver and we look forward to working with him to hone his skills as we move forward down the road.”
Bayne will pilot the No. 17 Roush Fenway Nationwide Series entry this weekend in Kansas, and Roush Fenway intends to run him for the remaining six races on the schedule.
Overall Bayne has made 43 career Nationwide Series starts, having posted 12 top-10 finishes and five top fives. He won the pole last season in only his seventh NNS start and started inside the top 11 in 12 of 15 races.
“I am just really excited to have the opportunity to drive,” said Bayne. “We are looking forward to a great relationship with Roush Fenway, and I’m eager to go racing with Jack Roush and everyone at the organization. I can’t wait to get everything started this weekend in Kansas.”
Prior to the Nationwide Series Bayne, who hails from Knoxville, Tenn., made 15 starts in the NASCAR K&N East Series, tallying one win, six top fives, nine top 10s and two poles. He started racing at the age of five, competing on the go-cart circuit and winning over 300 feature races, 18 state and track championships and three world championships. He eventually won top rookie honors in both the Allison Legacy Race Series and the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Southern Division before moving on to the K&N Series.
With the addition of Bayne, Roush Fenway will have three drivers competing in the Nationwide Series that are currently inside the top 10 in the series’ standings.
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating eight motorsports teams. Four in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; and five in the Nationwide Series with Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Colin Braun, Brian Ickler, Paul Menard, Erik Darnell and Trevor Bayne. For more information on any of the Roush Fenway Racing teams, log onto www.RoushFenway.com. Become a fan of Roush Fenway Racing on Facebook by going to http://www.facebook.com/roushfenway and follow us on Twitter @roushfenway. For sponsorship inquiries please contact Robin Johnson at 704.720.4645.