TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Trevor Bayne sped around Talladega Superspeedway in his No. 21 Ford getting his car ready for the upcoming season, and then did the same thing in his running shoes.
The 2011 Daytona 500 winner and part-time triathlete is fit, motivated and hungry to contend for another big win upon his return later this month to the scene of his greatest triumph and to challenge for a Nationwide Series championship.
"This is a really big year for us," Bayne said during a break from Thursday's solitary testing session.
He's scheduled to run 12 Sprint Cup races, including all four on the superspeedways, with The Wood Brothers plus a full-time Nationwide schedule for Roush Fenway Racing.
"Being here at Talladega by ourselves today, I think that shows that this team wants to do what it takes to be the best and to have a shot to win those 12 races that we show up at," he said.
The daily workouts, including those squeezed-in runs at racetracks, are also indicative of his thriving health. Bayne went public in November with the revelation that he has multiple sclerosis, but said he still has no symptoms and isn't taking medication.
An outspoken Christian who often shares his religious testimony in speeches, Bayne said that good health just reinforces his faith. Bayne also said he's been training harder than ever, meeting three times a week with a personal trainer and going on 1.5-mile swims, three-mile runs and 25-plus mile bike rides.
He ran around the 2.66-mile tri-oval Thursday afternoon in near-freezing temperature. But he's got his next triathlon coming up in April in Charleston, S.C., so clearly multiple sclerosis isn't slowing him down.
"Fortunately for me at this point, it's had no impact on me," Bayne said. "That's been a huge blessing, because there are people that have it worse. There are some that never even know they have it and live a perfectly normal life. To know that I have it is good to me because it creates a dependence for me daily on the Lord."