Roush Fenway Racing has announced that 2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne will move to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time in the 2015 season. Roush Fenway Racing made the announcement at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday morning. Bayne is currently running in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Advocare as sponsor for his team in 2014. Advocare will join Bayne as sponsor of his Sprint Cup Series car in 2015. The team will also use the #6, which was Roush Fenway Racing's original number when the team began NASCAR racing back in 1988 with driver Mark Martin. The #6 left the organization after the 2011 season and has been unused since.
"To have Trevor and AdvoCare back in the No. 6 car is gonna be great," said team owner Jack Roush.
Bayne has driven the past four seasons for Wood Brothers Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in a part time effort for the team. Bayne's biggest accomplishment was winning the 2011 Daytona 500 for the team, giving them their first victory since March of 2001. Bayne also has two NASCAR Nationwide Series victories to his resume the most recent one coming at Iowa Speedway last June.
"This is obviously the biggest news I've ever had in my life," said the 23 year old Bayne who is from Knoxville, Tennessee.
The announcement does not mean that Roush Fenway Racing will run four cars next season. Team owner Jack Roush stated that the organization is in a state of flux for the 2015 season. Both Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards are in their final years of a contract with the organization. Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Bayne are the only two drivers currently under contract in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015.
As for a replacement for Bayne at Wood Brothers Racing there are several possibilities but Jack Roush said he would like to see one of his young NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers, Chris Buescher or Ryan Reed, drive the car in 2015.Tags: Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, roush fenway racing, Trevor Bayne, Wood Brothers Racing