Back at the track for the first time since his Daytona 500 victory, Trevor Bayne showed no signs of exhaustion following his whirlwind, cross-country media tour. Instead, he gave an energetic, upbeat interview with NASCAR reporters on Friday morning.
Bayne, the youngest winner in Daytona 500 history, happily recounted his busy week in a 20-minute interview session – smiling throughout.
Asked about the craziest part of his week, Bayne recalled a sequence of events two days ago that left his head spinning.
While waiting to go on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Bayne's phone rang. On the other end was Vice President Joe Biden, who told him he was proud of Bayne and recalled watching the Wood Brothers back in the day.
Immediately following the call, Bayne went on Ellen. Then he fielded a call from Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who chatted with Bayne about their shared Christian faith.
Then former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson popped in the room to say hello ("You remind me of my son!" she told him) and before Bayne knew it, he was appearing on the TBS comedy show Lopez Tonight.
Backstage at Lopez, Bayne met singer Bobby V. – who asked for the driver's phone number in case he ever wanted to come to a race.
"I'm like, 'What is going on?'" Bayne said with a laugh. "This is kind of a big deal!"
How Bayne ended up talking to Biden on the phone is a funny story in itself. After the Daytona 500, he received a phone call that came up on his screen as "Private Number."
Since he didn't know who it was, he ignored it.
The phone rang again with the same "Private Number," so this time Bayne answered it. It was the White House saying the President would be calling him in the next few days (though apparently Biden called instead).
A radio station in his hometown of Knoxville, Tenn. caught wind he was expecting a call from President Obama, and prank-called Bayne pretending to be the Commander-in-Chief.
"I'm sleeping, and I answer it and I'm like, 'Hello...?'" Bayne said, imitating a sleepy voice.
"Hello Trevor, this is President Obama," the prank-calling radio DJ said.
"Oh, hey! What's going on?" Bayne replied, suddenly perky.
The DJ quickly told Bayne it was just a prank.
Bayne had some other eye-opening experiences, like receiving the first police escort of his life upon his arrival in San Francisco.
"We had two black trucks, the cops are going everywhere, we get out on the red carpet and people are holding 'Will you marry me?' signs," he said. "I'm like, what is going on here?"
Though Bayne met celebrities and appeared on national television on numerous occasions, he said he was never nervous through the whole media tour.
"I was actually more nervous for this kind of stuff (talking with the NASCAR media), because you all know what I'm saying!" Bayne said. "I can say anything on those shows, and they'd be like, 'Oh, great!' It was kind of fun, because they don't know much about racing. So I can just kind of take it wherever and just talk. That was cool."
One thing Bayne knows for sure: Since his face is suddenly all over the place, his love life is about to pick up.
"I didn't have a Valentine this year," he said, "but I don't think that'll happen next year."