Daytona 500 Winner Bayne Enjoys Ice Cream Social in San Francisco
Appearance Marks Official Countdown to Toyota/Save Mart 350
at Infineon Raceway in June
Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne celebrated his victory on Tuesday night with a true taste of San Francisco with an Ice Cream Social at world-famous Ghirardelli Square.
Bayne (No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford) took the checkered flag in the Great American Race on Sunday, and arrived in the Bay Area just two days later for an Ice Cream Social with race fans and media members, featuring the debut of the Trevor Bayne Sundae, Sundae, Sundae at the legendary Ghirardelli® Square Ice Cream Parlor.
Bayne became the youngest driver in history (20 years, one day) to ever win the Daytona 500. This marked the 53rd running of the Great American Race. It was Bayne’s second career Cup start and the fifth Daytona 500 win for the Wood Brothers, the last coming in 1976.
The appearance also marked the Official Countdown to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Infineon Raceway, June 24-26. Race day is just 121 days away.
Bayne arrived in San Francisco late Tuesday afternoon and was driven from the airport under California Highway Patrol escort to Ghirardelli Square, where he walked the red carpet before assembling the very first Trevor Bayne Sundae, Sundae, Sundae, featuring rocky road, chocolate chip and chocolate ice cream, as well multiple toppings and all the fixins. The item is currently a feature on the Ghirardelli Square Ice Cream Parlor menu.
“This is pretty awesome,” Bayne said. “The whole week thus far has been unreal, but to have a sundae named in your honor at world famous Ghirardelli Square is pretty cool. And it tastes great.”
He was then escorted to a formal press conference with media members and more than 200 race fans in the Ghirardelli Square Courtyard, where he was greeted by Infineon Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page. Race fans were treated to Trevor Bayne Sundae, Sundae, Sundaes at the event, compliments of Ghirardelli Square.
“Welcome to the big stage, Trevor Bayne!” said Page. “This was one of the most exciting finishes in the history of the Daytona 500, and I know our fans were thrilled to welcome NASCAR’s newest star to the Bay Area.”
Bayne was presented with a Golden Scoop plaque, signifying the Trevor Bayne Sundae, Sundae, Sundae, as well as a basket of goodies compliments of Ghirardelli Square and a variety of other items, including a “Right Turn Only” sign from Page, in reference to the twisting Infineon Raceway road course should Bayne tackle it in June.
“This has been an incredible stop,” Bayne said. “There are some great NASCAR fans out here in the San Francisco area. Heck, I didn’t know I had so many fans. This was great.”
“It was great to see Trevor win the Daytona 500 and it’s amazing to see him in San Francisco,” said race fan Katie Dickinson, from Elk Grove (near Sacramento). “I love seeing a young driver work his way up to be this successful.”
Race tickets to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 are now available, including special packages like the Save Mart Supermarkets 2-Pack (2 tickets for $99) and the Jimmie Johnson 4-Pack (4 tickets, 4 hot dog, 4 sodas, plus a race-day Q&A with Johnson for $195), among others. Call 800-870-RACE or visit www.infineonraceway.com/nascar.