Friday, February 25, 2011

Eye black Challenger: Trevor Bayne


After Trevor Bayne shocked the NASCAR world by winning the Daytona 500, his celebration was decidedly PG-rated. He rode a skateboard and shot hoops with his buddies. In a quiet moment, he wrote himself a note.

According to Bayne’s father, Rocky, it said: “How do I stay grounded in my faith, when I am so high on winning this race?”

Bayne’s note might have been personal, but the religious sentiment it contained is something Bayne is driven to share. Since rocketing into the spotlight with his big win at Daytona on Sunday, the 20-year-old Bayne has made it clear that he intends to use success in racing as a platform to talk about his faith.

Recently, Bayne sat down with his father and business advisers to figure out his long-term goals. While winning was on the list, it wasn’t at the top.

“I told them that the goal was not to be the best race car driver or the most marketable or most popular,” Bayne said. “It is none of those things. It is to build a platform and let God use us on the platform that He is building — which might require me to become the best race car driver or be the most marketable or most popular or whatever it is. I just want to stand on the platform that He is putting under me.”

And if Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow can talk about faith through football, Rocky Bayne believes his son can do the same in NASCAR, citing Tebow’s No. 15 being among the NFL’s best-selling jerseys last season as evidence that an athlete with strong religious views can attract fans.

“I think these young kids today, they need something to look up to, and I think Trevor can be that kid,” said Rocky Bayne. “But he’s not doing it for that. He’s doing it because he wants to be real. This is who Trevor Bayne is.”

Full story here.