MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 24, 2007) – Trevor Bayne, already an 11-year racing veteran at 16, is the newest addition to the Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI) Driver Development Program. He joins 17-year-old Jeffrey Earnhardt who became the program’s first driver in January.
“Especially for his age, Trevor has both broad experience and a remarkable record of success,” said Max Siegel, president of global operations for DEI. “He’s proven that he has great potential. With our people and resources behind him, we know he can fulfill it.”
Bayne said, “This is a dream come true. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of the winning tradition and legacy of Dale Earnhardt Inc. I’m determined to give it the commitment and responsibility it will take.
“There is so much to be learned from every single employee. Everyone has been so welcoming and supportive that it already feels like home to me.”
In fact, Bayne is moving from Knoxville, Tenn., to the Mooresville area to be close to both DEI and his family’s shop where his race cars are currently prepared. Bayne will run the complete USAR Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division this season in addition to three NASCAR Grand National Busch East Series events.
Bayne began racing go karts at five. Over the next eight years, he won more than 300 events and earned 22 titles including World Karting Association (WKA) World Champion three times.
In 2004, Bayne moved up to the Allison Legacy Race Series where he drove to two wins, five pole positions and 11 top-five finishes in 19 starts on his way to winning rookie of the year. Still 13, he was both the youngest race winner and youngest top rookie since the series began.
Bayne’s 2005 Allison Legacy campaign made 2004 look like child’s play. In 22 starts, he raced to 12 wins, 14 pole positions and 19 top-five finishes to become the series’ national champion.
Last season, Bayne stepped up to the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Southern Division and won rookie of the year. At 15, he again was the youngest in series’ history to earn top rookie honors.
In 2008, DEI’s driver development plan includes having Bayne and Earnhardt competing as teammates in Chevrolets on the NASCAR Busch East Series