I interviewed the reigning Daytona 500 champion, 20-year-old Trevor Bayne, at Auto Club Speedway earlier this year. It was a lot of fun and Trevor was super nice. As you’re reading the interview just imagine a lot of laughter throughout. He had a really great attitude in approaching all of the questions.
As I’m sure you’ve heard Trevor has been dealing with some medical issues and is working to get his symptoms diagnosed as soon as possible so that he can get back into a racecar this year. I really wish him all the best and hope that he can get back to the track as soon as possible.
What is your favorite word? Epic
What is your least favorite word? The “G.D.”* word, when people are cussing and stuff. That’s terrible.
What turns you on? Here’s my favorite thing that ever happens: When we’re going out to wakeboard, we’re going to get a set on the lake, and you roll out and it’s, like, perfect weather but then the lake’s just glass. The wind’s down, you go out and the water is just glass. We call that, “butter,” because you don’t want to wakeboard on some choppy water.
What turns you off? Bad weather. When it’s cold & rainy that’s terrible. That’s my least favorite thing in the world. If it’s cold & snowing I’m good with it. Or if it’s raining when it’s warm I’m OK, but, like, cold rain is the worst thing in the world.
What sound or noise do you love? Car engine.
What sound or noise do you hate? Nails on a chalkboard is the worst.
What is your favorite curse word? I don’t have one. I don’t say them.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’d like to be in action sports. A wakeboarder or snowboarder, something like that I’d like to try. I know I couldn’t be a gold medalist in the X Games or anything but that’s what I’d like to do.
What profession would you not like to do? I do not want to be the guy cleaning out the port-a-potties. No, thank you on that one.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Well, it does, and I want to hear him that say, “be proud.”
*Ed. note: By “G.D.” he meant, “God damn”
Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.