Trevor Bayne, the winner of the 2011 Daytona 500, has secured a full-time ride for the 2015 season with Roush Fenway Racing in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series .
With Bayne’s promotion, Roush Fenway will bring back the iconic No. 6, the car number originally used by Mark Martin when Jack Roush entered NASCAR as a car owner in 1988. Roush Fenway most recently raced the No. 6 Ford in 2012 with current Sprint Cup driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Currently a full-time driver for Roush Fenway Racing in the Nationwide Series, Bayne has been a part-time Sprint Cup driver for the Wood Brothers since 2010. Bayne’s aforementioned Daytona 500 victory in 2011 came with Bayne behind the wheel of the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford.
Calling his full-time promotion to NASCAR’s elite division the biggest news of his life, Bayne’s current Nationwide Series sponsor, AdvoCare, will make the transition with Bayne and sponsor the No. 6 machine in a full-time capacity in 2015. Mike Vaught, the director of sponsorships for AdvoCare, described the 2015 season as a great branding opportunity for the health, wellness, and nutrition company based out of Texas.
Bayne, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2013, has made almost 200 starts in NASCAR, more than 50 of which have come in the Sprint Cup Series. The pride of Knoxville, Tennessee, Bayne made his NASCAR debut in 2009, competing in the Nationwide Series.
In respect to Roush Fenway Racing, current drivers Greg Biffle (No. 16) and Carl Edwards (No. 99) are in a contract year. While Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., driver of the No. 17 machine, has been secured for 2015, with the addition of Bayne, logic suggests that Roush will either form a four-car stable next season, or part ways with either Biffle or Edwards following the 2014 campaign. Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark has made it clear that contract negotiations, in respect to both Biffle and Edwards, will be handled behind closed doors and not sensationalized in the media.
Trevor Bayne gets full-time Cup ride at Roush Fenway
Roush taps Trevor Bayne for Cup ride; future uncertain for Biffle, Edwards