Trevor Bayne Hits the Windy City
Twenty-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup Series sensation, Trevor Bayne, rose to stardom like being shot out of a cannon following his Daytona 500 victory in only his second start at NASCAR’s top level. But the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie was well-prepared for the fame, as he has worked his entire young life towards this very moment. The self-proclaimed extreme sports fan has and will continue to see his share of action even before heading to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, as his Daytona 500 media tour has taken him throughout the country with a special stop in the Windy City on Tuesday, February 22.
Bayne, who will race at Chicagoland Speedway three times in 2011, was the special guest to fan and media rallies in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Die hard race fans welcomed the youngest Daytona 500 champion to Chicago, during a special fan event at Harry Caray’s at Navy Pier. Hosted by ESPN personality, John “Jurko” Jurkovic, Trevor gave the fans a glimpse into life of NASCAR’s newest star as he talked drafting in the Daytona 500, his progression through the motorsports ranks and his life away from the track. In addition to the special Trevor Bayne interview, fans participated in an audience question and answer session, Chicagoland Speedway ticket drawings, driver autographs, a complimentary continental breakfast and Chicagoland Speedway t-shirts. Chicagoland Speedway Track President Scott Paddock addressed the crowd and took part in the interviews and audience participation.
Following the fan rally, Morton’s Steakhouse hosted the ESPN 1000 Lunch with a Legend, offering fans and radio listeners an in-depth look at what many call among the greatest underdog sport stories of all-time. Despite his youth and growing up in the now scientific, highly refined sport of NASCAR, Bayne says he at times wishes he could have raced during NASCAR’s early years - manhandling a car through the dirt and potholes of the 1950s short tracks. The rookie driver spoke with the experience of a seasoned veteran with a deep appreciation for the legends that came before him and helped pave his way. Sporting a retro paint scheme reminiscent of soon to be inducted NASCAR Hall of Fame driver David Pearson’s 1979 Daytona 500 winning car, Bayne lead the Wood Brothers to their fifth Daytona 500 victory and their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in ten years. Trevor Bayne is the youngest driver to wheel NASCAR’s oldest race team to victory lane in the Daytona 500.
If you missed the fun and excitement of welcoming Trevor Bayne to Chicago, then don’t miss out on the action packed racing season at Chicagoland Speedway. With the introduction of numerous fan initiatives, 2011 promises to be Chicagoland Speedway’s most exciting year yet with single-day tickets to all of our races, six-pack coolers being allowed in the grandstands and the addition of more restroom facilities. To top it off, Chicagoland Speedway will host the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Sunday, September 18, 2011.
Tickets are on-sale now. For more ticket information, call (888) 629-RACE of visit www.chicagolandspeedway.com
Saturday, June 4
-NASCAR Nationwide Series (under the lights)
-Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150
Friday, September 16
-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (under the lights)
Saturday, September 17
-Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola
Sunday, September 18
-Kick-Off Race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup