Friday, February 25, 2011
Trevor Bayne still seeking sponsors
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Trevor Bayne may have won the Daytona 500 in one of NASCAR's biggest upsets, but that hasn't sent the sponsors knocking down his door. At least not yet.
The 20-year-old driver was able to add an 18th Sprint Cup race with his winnings from Daytona, but would like to run a full schedule, including the two races at Talladega. He still doesn't have a sponsor for his Nationwide car, either.
"Maybe these first seven races we can get some momentum and some companies will want to come on board," Bayne said from Phoenix International Raceway on Friday. "Our goal would be to run the full season. That would be awesome if we could do that with the Wood Brothers and for Roush Fenway. You'll see this weekend, our car is solid white and that's not because we think it looks cool. We need some people to come on board."
The youngest driver to win the Daytona 500, Bayne went through a chaotic week, getting calls from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, making numerous TV appearances, even meeting actress Pamela Anderson, who told him he reminded her of her son.
Bayne's first post-Daytona weekend didn't start off well.
Feeling the brake pressure wasn't right on the first lap of Friday's practice session, Bayne told his crew that he was about to crash because he couldn't stop. He did when the brakes locked up and sent him careening into the wall off Turn 3, badly damaging the front right.
The practice session was red-flagged as a tow truck came out to take Bayne's car off the track, and the team pulled his backup from the hauler to use for the rest of the weekend.
Bayne finished the second qualifying session 33rd out of 44 cars with his backup.
"I don't like torn up race cars," he said. "I never think that's a good omen. I know we have a good backup here. I just don't know what went wrong. I don't know why the brakes weren't right. I know these guys do a great job preparing race cars, so something just went wrong with the deal there."