Nationwide Series driver Trevor Bayne has signed with Roush Fenway Racing and will drive the team’s No. 17 Nationwide car this weekend at Kansas Speedway, the team announced in a news release Thursday.
The 19-year-old Bayne, who is seventh in the Nationwide standings, will drive the remainder of the Nationwide season in one of the Roush Fenway cars.
It is also expected that he will drive for the organization full time in the series in 2011. According to sources, he also is a candidate to drive the No. 19 Richard Petty Motorsports Sprint Cup car in select races next year. RPM is affiliated with Roush Fenway.
“We are pleased to be able to sign a driver of both Trevor’s caliber and character,” said team owner Jack Roush. “Trevor has exhibited a distinctive ability to run fast, up front and compete side by side with veteran drivers in a relatively short amount of time. We feel that he possesses all of the tools necessary to grow into a top-level driver and we look forward to working with him to hone his skills as we move forward down the road.”
Bayne, in his first full Nationwide season, has five top-fives and 10 top-10s this year driving for Diamond-Waltrip Racing with top finishes of third at Gateway and Richmond.
Bayne was released from his DWR ride this week as the team could not guarantee him a full season for next year. With Bayne moving on, the team wanted to put Ryan Truex in its car in hopes of attracting a sponsor for next season.
While driving for Roush, Bayne could also end up in RPM’s No. 19 Sprint Cup car, pending sponsorship. With Elliott Sadler's contract up at the end of this year, the team hopes to run the No. 19 at least at the start of the year because it will be locked into the first five races. AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose will drive full-time for RPM next year.
Sadler has said he is looking for a new team for next season. He has not announced any plans but has run in select Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series events for Kevin Harvick Inc. this year and said he would like to run for KHI next season in addition to landing a Cup ride.
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