Trevor Bayne will move full-time to the NASCAR Sprint Cup series in 2015 driving the iconic number 6 Ford for Roush-Fenway Racing. The announcement came Saturday morning at Charlotte Motor Speedway, site of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600.
The number last ran full-time in the Sprint Cup series in 2011. Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500 driving for the Wood Brothers. He has made 50 starts overall in the Sprint Cup series and has been running a part-time Sprint Cup schedule for the Wood Brothers. Bayne has been racing for Roush full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide series since 2011.
“This is obviously the biggest news I’ve ever had in my life,” Bayne said. “Although we’ve had some big news before, this takes the cake.”
The number 6 is most widely recognized as the car number campaigned by Mark Martin and team owner Jack Roush starting in 1988.
“Jack Roush and I went racing together over 25 years ago,” Martin said via video.” Yes, we experienced our share of heartaches as we grew in this sport, but we would go on to experience great victories as well. My time in the 6 car will always be special to me and, yes, there is a part of me that will always be No. 6.”
As to whether adding the 6 to the Roush stable indicates that the organization will expand to four teams of drop one still isn’t clear.
“Our plans for 2015 are still in a state of flux,” Roush said. “Certainly the fact we’ve taken the No. 6 indicates that we have our plans open for a fourth car, but it’s still in a state of flux. We’ll have more to announce on that later.”
Two drivers at Roush, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards are in contract renewal years. On that issue Roush again had no clear answers.
“We’re still in a state of flux on that,” Roush said. “We’ll let you know when we have something more definite.”