2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne could drive full-season in the Sprint Cup Series in 2014.
The 21-year-old was going to run a full Nationwide schedule in 2011 but then missed five races because of an illness and then had his 2012 schedule shortened because of lack of funding. But now, Bayne will replace two-time defending Nationwide champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the series this year.
According to team owner Jack Roush, Bayne may even find himself racing full time in the Sprint Cup Series next year. In the last two seasons, Bayne also has driven a partial Cup schedule.
“When we looked at it from 2011, we hoped to put him in a Cup car in 2014. That’s still a goal but it’s probably not as imperative as making sure he spends enough time in the Nationwide Series to do all the growth and development he can benefit from,” Jack Roush was quoted as saying by Sporting News.
Bayne, who will drive 12 Cup races for Wood Brothers Racing this season, is concentrating more on what he has to do this season. „I’d have liked to this season, but right now, people are asking about 2014, and I’ve been waiting on 2013 for so long to race Nationwide. It would be nice to run full-time Cup the year after,” Bayne said.