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“I think that it was refreshing that he actually got a diagnosis because there had been some uncertainty about what had unfolded previously, so I know it was comforting to him and that’s why he pursued it so strongly,” Newmark said. “The reality of it is if Trevor wasn’t a race car driver and didn’t have the means, he probably would never have been diagnosed at this point. It was through his determination of just regularly getting checked that it came to light.”

Bayne, who competed in his first triathlon last December, said he’s not taking any medication and suffers no symptoms. He was diagnosed during a whirlwind three weeks in June in which he was married, making frequent trips to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and won his only Nationwide race of the year at Iowa.

He said he needed time to accept and process the diagnosis, and chose now to go public with his disease because he’s doesn’t want to hide from it. Bayne is a devout Christian, and often gives motivational speeches.

“I think anybody that gets a diagnosis is going to sit back and think about it, ‘What does this mean? What does it mean to my family? What does it mean to me and my partners? Our team?’ The more and more I thought about it, and the more and more I realized that I was fine, the more and more it sunk in that everything is going to be OK,” Bayne said.

“Why not help other people through their struggles and point them in the right direction? For me, I feel like that’s what I’m called to do, so why be silent about it and why just sit back on our heels and not do anything? I’m a race car driver, that’s what I do, but it’s not all of who I am.”