Ford California Friday Advance (Trevor Bayne)

Trevor Bayne, driver of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion, spent his Thursday night in Los Angeles, attending one of the iconic shows of his generation, American Idol. Bayne sat front row for one of the most talked about results shows in the programs history, witnessing the judges save contestant Casey Abrams. Bayne talked about the experience at Auto Club Speedway Friday afternoon.

WHERE DOES GOING TO AMERICAN IDOL RANK ON THE LIST OF COOL THINGS YOU HAVE DONE THE LAST FEW MONTHS? “Man, that was awesome. I have gotten to do some really cool things recently but last night ranks right up there. I was so excited when I found out that I was getting to go and check it out. We got to sit in the front row right behind the judges and witness it. I got to see Stevie Wonder perform and Hulk Hogan was there and then the judges used their save deal to save Casey and the whole thing was so dramatic, it was crazy.”

WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOU AND THE CRAZINESS? SEEMS THAT EVERYWHERE YOU GO THESE DAYS COOL THINGS HAPPEN. “I know, it is crazy. I mean last night was insane and I was supposed to go to the Lakers game the other night too and that turned out to be a triple-overtime game. You are right, it does seems like everything is crazy, but in a good way. I am just so blessed to be able to be in these situations and be able to experience all of this stuff.”
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ARE YOU, LIKE MOST OF YOUR GENERATION, A FAN OF AMERICAN IDOL? DO YOU FOLLOW THE SHOW? “I was really into it the first couple of years but I haven’t had much time to watch it, or TV at all for that matter lately. It is one of those shows that everybody talks about, and I was definitely a fan of it growing up. I love music, so that is part of why I am drawn to that show. Maybe if I wasn’t doing this whole racing deal I would have a music label or something, I don’t know.”

THE QUESTION THAT EVERYONE SEEMS TO GET ASKED ABOUT THAT SHOW IS, WHO IS GOING TO WIN IT? WHO IS YOUR PICK? “Man, I don’t know. They are all so talented. I really think that it is the most talent they have had on that show in a long time, maybe ever. Top to bottom, all of the finalists are so good. I mean if you look at last night. Casey was like a fan favorite. Everyone was going nuts for him but somehow he got voted off before the judges decided to save him. I think it is impossible to pick a winner. I got to meet each of them after the show and they were all really cool people. I am rooting for all of them.”

DID YOU GET TO MEET THE JUDGES? “Yeah, I got to meet Jennifer Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony, which was really awesome. I got to meet Randy Jackson too. The cool part to me is not that I got to meet them, but that they actually wanted to meet me. That blows my mind. I mean that is Jennifer Lopez and she wanted to meet me? It is just crazy.”

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