Trevor Bayne diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

Trevor Bayne diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

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Trevor Bayne diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

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2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but the 22-year-old plans to continue racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Bayne, who won NASCAR’s biggest race two years ago as a rookie with the Wood Brothers team, and his current squad Roush Fenway Racing, announced the news on Tuesday in a joint statement. It said Bayne has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and got clearance both by doctors and NASCAR to continue racing in the series.

“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne, whose sister also has multiple sclerosis. “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, the youngest ever winner in Daytona, was sidelined for five races during the 2011 season after symptoms that were blamed at the time on Lyme Disease resulting from an insect bite. He currently lies sixth in the Nationwide standings while running a part-time schedule of Sprint Cup events, and will continue to focus on the second-tier series in 2014.

“We are 100 percent supportive of Trevor and his ability to compete in a racecar,” said Roush Fenway team owner Jack Roush. “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.”

NASCAR pledged its support for Bayne’s continuing to race.

“We support Trevor and are proud of the way he’s addressing his condition,” the sanctioning body said in a statement. “We know that he’s in very good hands and we’re confident of his ability to continue to compete at a high level in our sport.” 

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