Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne wants to be more like Tim Tebow.
Bayne, who already is outspoken about his own religious beliefs, said Friday he admires the Denver Broncos quarterback's faith.
"It's definitely somebody I look up to and I'd like to wear my faith on my sleeve a little bit more like he does," Bayne said during preseason testing at Daytona International Speedway.
In the whirlwind year since Bayne won the Daytona 500, he met Tebow at the ESPY Awards and they've also spoken by phone and exchanged text messages. The two first spoke when Bayne was waiting to make an appearance on the Ellen show after his 500 victory.
"Somebody got him on the phone and we were talking, and he gave me a lot of great advice because he's been through things that I had not yet got to, and now his experience and his advice really helped out," Bayne said.
Bayne, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, was torn when his favorite team faced Tebow last week. But Bayne isn't conflicted about where he stands on Tebow's character.
"He is everything that says he is, and I think that's what's so awesome because we see so much in our world that's just people talking up a big game," Bayne said. "They talk all this stuff, but they're not really what they say they are. And I think he really is."
Bayne is active in the Christian community and recently attended a conference for young Christians that was attended by 40,000 people.
The event reminded Bayne "that it's not about me, it never has been," he said.
"It's not about what I do here, but it's about what happens for the kingdom," he said. "I think this year I'm a lot more fired up about storing my treasures in heaven instead of here."