Bayne Eyes Rolex Ride
By: Jeff Wackerlin - @JWackerlin Twitter and Instagram | MRN.com on November 19, 2011 | 6:54 P.M. EST
"I'm working on Ford to try and run the Rolex 24 hour race." (Photo: Getty Images)
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Trevor Bayne kicked off the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with a victory in the Daytona 500, and now he's hoping to lock down a ride in search of grabbing a trophy in another prestigious race at "The World Center of Racing."
Bayne, who also scored one Nationwide Series win with Roush Fenway in 2011, is trying to work with his manufacturer to land one of the spots on a Grand-Am Road Racing Series Daytona Prototype team for the 50th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.
"I'm working on Ford to try and run the Daytona 24 hour race," Bayne said. "If I do that I will be doing some testing. I have never driven one. I think the Daytona Prototype cars are just sick. They look like something that you can just manhandle and have a lot of fun with. I'm sure there's a lot more finesse to it than I’m making it sound. I think it's going to be a lot of fun to get out there and just be a part of the 24. That's something that all drivers kind of have a checklist of things they want to drive."
Along with the running the Daytona 24 in a DP car, Bayne's wish list of cars to compete in includes a rally car in the X Games, a dirt late model and a modified at Concord Motorsports Park.
Michael Shank Racing, which could be a possibility for Bayne, recently announced that Ford would return to power their Grand-Am Rolex Series cars for the fifth consecutive season. AJ Allmendinger, who drives a Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, has piloted a MSR car in the Rolex 24 for the past six seasons, finishing seventh in the last two.