What were you doing the day after your 20th birthday? Trevor Bayne was winning the Daytona freakin’ 500. One year later, in a world where overnight success ruins many a good man, the youngest Daytona winner in history seems to be taking it all in stride. In a couple days he’ll aim to defend his title (Sunday, 1 p.m. Eastern, FOX). But first, the laidback Tennessee native swapped paint with Made Man about dream cars, racing movies and a sick driving trick you can do.
MM: What’s the fastest you’ve ever driven when you’re not on the track?
TB: Max is like ten over—at least that’s what they gave me a ticket for! I try not to do anything silly. You don’t want to get in trouble when you’re a racecar driver for speeding on the roads.
MM: If you could drive any car what would it be?
TB: Just for fun, one of those Bugatti Veyrons would be pretty insane to drive. It’s got the most horsepower and it’s the most expensive car. I wouldn’t ever own one by any means, but it would be great to say you had driven one.
“In Knoxville, if it snows an inch everyone goes out and buys bread and milk like the world’s gonna end, but I like getting out and sliding around a bit.”
MM: What do you drive to pick up groceries?
TB: Well, it’s pretty rare that I get groceries. I’m 21 years old and live by myself. I eat out almost every day! I drive the F-150 Raptor edition. It’s a pretty sweet truck.
MM: What’s your favorite movie about racing?
TB: Stroker Ace is a classic. It’s really funny.
MM: Burt Reynolds! Stroker Ace is great. What skills would a getaway driver need?
TB: You’ve got to be evasive. You’ve gotta keep from crashing. You’re gonna have cops trying to spin you out, so you gotta get up on the wheel.
MM: Are there any cool tricks the average driver can do?
TB: I always like getting out in the snow. In Knoxville, if it snows an inch everyone goes out and buys bread and milk like the world’s gonna end, but I like getting out and sliding around a little bit. I don’t know if the average driver should do that… or if anyone should do that! But it’s the most fun I’ve ever had driving.
MM: There’s a move called a “bootlegger’s turn.” How do you do that?
TB: You’ve gotta know how to do that one. The rental cars for race teams take a beating on the race track, I’ll tell you that! Slow down a little bit—you can’t be full speed so that when you go back the other way you aren’t spinning your tires. Then set up for a U-turn and start cranking on the wheel. Hit the E break so the rear end slides around. Once you get around 180 degrees, you gotta let the E break out and just keep digging…
MM: This is good advice for anyone who wants to start a career as a getaway driver.
TB: I feel like you’re gonna be robbing banks next week with the questions you’re asking, so I don’t know if I can answer any more about that!
MM: Fair enough. How do you get involved in racing legitimately, be it driving or in the pit crew?
TB: I got started real young driving go-karts. That’s one of the best ways to start as a driver. A lot of guys in the pit crew were football players and didn’t want to go to college or to the NFL. You start off as a tire changer or a jack man. We have a lot of ex-athletes in the pit crew. And on the team side, a lot of guys go to college for engineering. There’s all kinds of positions in a race team. There’s over 400 employees at Roush Fenway Racing. There’s a little something of everything.