NASCAR: Daytona 500 Winner Trevor Bayne Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis

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November 12, 2013 — Story by Tom Baker — Photo Courtesy Getty Images/NASCAR — CHARLOTTE, NC — 2011 Daytona 500 Winner Trevor Bayne has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Bayne, who currently competes in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, says he has no symptoms of the disease at this time and plans to compete for the Nationwide Series championship in 2014 with Roush Fenway Racing (RFR).

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Multiple Sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.

In a statement released by RFR, team owner Jack Roush said, “We are 100 percent supportive of Trevor and his ability to compete in a race car.  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.”

The young racer, who is known for sharing his faith, said in a NASCAR.com article by David Caraviello that he’s never been more driven to compete.  “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. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”

All of us at RaceChaser Online and Speed 77 Radio wish Trevor continued good health and prosperity and keep him in our prayers.

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