Pastrana backflips over his Boost Mobile 99 car during the LA NASCAR Launch event in front of LA Live.
2011 will bring another motocross legend to the competitive circuit of NASCAR. Travis Pastrana recently announced his official entry into the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide series and kicked off the announcement with a big downtown Los Angeles event at the Chick Hearn Court – LA Live Square next to the Staples Center. The Red Bull hosted event brought out big sponsors such as DC Shoes, Toyota trucks and Boost Mobile who is the title sponsor for the Pastrana-Waltrip Racing Team.
The wild event had Pastrana and Freestyler Nate Adams hitting a street ramp whipping out back flips and cliff hangers for the fans. After the freestyle show came to an end, the official announcement where Pastrana rolled out his new Toyota Camry racing machine showing the fans what to look for in the upcoming NASCAR Nationwide series. The car is wrapped in a custom matte-black paint scheme that highlights some of Travis’s life adventures in graphic detail and has bright painted orange numbers emphasizing Pastrana’s wild character.
Pastrana’s plans include NASCAR and Freestyle Motocross in 2011 and he hopes to be successful in both sports. Although Pastrana has experience racing rally cars, this will be the first-time Pastrana will compete behind the wheel of a NASCAR. The Nationwide series starts in February at Daytona International Speedway in Florida but Pastrana is not set to race until the Indianapolis round at the O’Reilly Raceway Park on July 30 of 2011. X-Games 17 is scheduled on the same weekend as the Indianapolis NASCAR race and Pastrana has plans to compete in both events which will definitely draw some attention.
“My first race will be the same weekend as X-Games and I will actually be flying back and forth from Indianapolis to X-Games in California. It’s going to be a lot of fun and the main goal is to obviously do as well as we can and the secondary goal is to have some fun with it and really try to bring some people into NASCAR that normally wouldn’t watch it,” said Pastrana.
NASCAR’s France family welcomes Travis Pastrana to the sport and is hoping Pastrana will increase awareness to a younger clientele as well as appeal to the X-Games demographic bridging the gap between NASCAR and Motocross. Pastrana is slated to compete in seven of 34 Nationwide series races for 2011 which includes his debut Indianapolis race.
In addition to Indianapolis, Pastrana is scheduled to race in six events at the end of the season that include Richmond, Dover, Kansas, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead-Miami.