When 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne missed part of the season for double vision and fatigue, no one really knew as to why. Now it looks like NASCAR fans have a better understanding.
On Tuesday morning, Bayne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord and has no cure and can be potentially disabling.
In a statement released from Roush-Fenway Racing, Bayne has been cleared by doctors to continue to race and is excited to run for the NASCAR Nationwide Series title next year in a car sponsored by Advocare.
He goes into this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway with one Nationwide Series win this year — at Iowa — and is ranked sixth in the points standings.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” Bayne said in a release. “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.”
He will not be the first driver to race with MS in a NASCAR national series. Kelly Sutton, who was diagnosed as a teenager, made 54 states in the Camping World Truck Series from 2003-2007.
Bayne’s sister also has the disease.