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NASCAR driver Bayne will continue to race after multiple sclerosis diagnosis

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A diagnosis of any degenerative autoimmune disease can be devastating, but after recently learning he had developed multiple sclerosis, NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne is shrugging it off and says he’ll continue to race full time for Roush Fenway Racing in the Nationwide Series this year. Doctors and NASCAR have cleared him to compete behind the wheel.

“My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing,” Bayne says. “I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in, and I feel good. There are currently no symptoms, and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible.”

In 2011, Bayne won the Daytona 500 in his second start in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series. Now 22, the Knoxville, Tenn., native is sixth in the points standings coming off a win at Iowa Speedway. He also races part time in the NASCAR Cup series with Wood Brothers Racing.

Bayne joins former racecar driver Kelly Sutton in the list of NASCAR drivers who have raced after being diagnosed with MS. Sutton was diagnosed with the disease in 1981, when she was 10 years old, but she raced on and off through the years and made 54 career starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from 2003-07.

Jack Roush, owner of Roush Fenway Racing, says, “We are 100 percent supportive of Trevor and his ability to compete in a race car… As with all our drivers, we look forward to standing behind Trevor and providing him with all of the tools he needs as he continues to develop in his young career.”

Take a look at the press release below for more information.

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