Trevor Bayne will pilot the No.21 Ford Fusion in the Daytona 500 sporting a familiar Wood Brothers paint scheme.
Bayne’s Fusion will be decked out in the same colors as the 1963 Ford Galaxie that Tiny Lund drove to victory in the Daytona 500 for the Woods on Feb. 24, 1963, 50 years ago to the day from this year’s 500.
The Rangoon Red-and-Corinthian White paint scheme is part of the effort of the current generation of Wood racers to honor the team’s long-time chief mechanic and crew chief Leonard Wood, who was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame last week.
“It’s a real honor to be able to do something like this for our uncle,” said Eddie Wood, one of the co-owners of the team.
Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500 and Leonard Wood said he thinks Bayne could put the No.21 in victory lane again this year.
“He seems to me he’s matured enough that I think he’s got what it takes to win the Daytona 500,” Wood said.
Qualifying for the Daytona 500 is set for Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1:10 p.m. Eastern Time. The 150-mile Budweiser Duels qualifying races are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m., and the 55th annual Daytona 500 should get the green flag just after 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24.