Trevor Bayne found out this summer he suffers from MS, but will soldier on in his outstanding NASCAR career.
Cleared by doctors this week, Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne is expected to continue his NASCAR career without medication or a change in lifestyle, despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
He was sent to the sidelines after experiencing numbness in his arm after a race in Texas, and doctors who continued observations concluded he suffered from MS.
"I don't know if the two are connected," he told USAToday.
"I'm not a doctor and I wouldn't want to make that call, but they wanted to do more research because I wasn't satisfied with not knowing as a competitive person and as a racer. We want to know how everything works and causes and effects, so I just kept going back."
Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500, and became an overnight sensation, but ailing team budgets sent the driver to the Nationwide series soon after.
"There are a lot more people in our community and in our world that can relate to somebody who is going through hard times and somebody who is winning races, who is winning championships, who has won the Daytona 500, who looks like he has it all together," said Bayne.
"It looks like everything is going great, but how many people can relate to that? So, for me, going through something hard, that shows our true character."
The announcement was reportedly Bayne's decision, and Roush Fenway Racing revealed it will not effect contracts or sponsorship whatsoever.