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Travis Pastrana to Race NASCAR

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Travis Pastrana
After a successful season with Subaru in rally car, Travis Pastrana will focus his attention on select NASCAR races over the next two years.
X Games icon Travis Pastrana will turn his attention to a new form of motorsport, the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The Nitro Circus star has teamed with NASCAR’s Michael Waltrip to create Pastrana-Waltrip Racing – with Pastrana planning to contest seven races in 2011 and 20 races in 2012. Pastrana enters the most popular motorsport in America after championship-winning success with Subaru in rally car.

After mining gold medals in the X Games, shattering jump records on both motorcycles and automobiles and starring as a cultural icon for the action sports world, the star of MTV's "Nitro Circus" is ready to turn his attention to America's most popular form of motorsports – NASCAR.
Michael Waltrip Racing, Gary and Blake Bechtel and Pastrana announced today the creation of Pastrana-Waltrip Racing that will field cars in the NASCAR Nationwide Series beginning in 2011.

Pastrana-Waltrip Racing will focus on creating programs that expose the action sports world's fans and participants to NASCAR and develop youth marketing initiatives designed to create greater awareness of both sports.

Initial plans are for Pastrana to compete in seven NASCAR Nationwide races in 2011 and twenty races in 2012.

"I've been following NASCAR closely for years as a fan of the sport with competing in the sport a life-long dream," Pastrana said. "I decided it was time to try and turn that dream into reality and with the help of the Bechtel family, Michael Waltrip Racing and Wasserman media group I'm now one step closer!"

Pastrana-Waltrip Racing will field Toyotas out of the Michael Waltrip Racing shop in Cornelius, N.C. Waltrip noted the importance of the youth demographic Pastrana brings to NASCAR.

"Travis has built an enormous and unique following all over the world," said Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 champion. "As a race team owner, we are always looking for ways to deliver to our partners and engage our fans better. This is an opportunity to showcase our company and our sport to a new generation of young fans. We're also looking for that next big star. Travis already is one and action sports is full of talented athletes. Having Travis as a part of our program adds another great dimension to our team and NASCAR."

Travis Pastrana is one of the most recognized and celebrated athletes in the world. An action sports icon, Pastrana owns 16 X Games gold medals along with multiple supercrossmotocross and rally championships in his career. Pastrana also created the Nitro Circus empire, which includes a television show, live tours and a soon-to-be-released feature film.

Watch Pastrana announce his NASCAR arrival at www.pastranawaltrip.com and www.facebook.com/pastranawaltrip and follow us on Twitter at @pwr99. Expect more Pastrana-Waltrip Racing news on schedule, sponsors and youth initiatives in January in Los Angeles.
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Jess -Yay!  January 13, 2011 06:41 PM
YES! I love NASCAR! I am so glad he isnt racing in the same series as Jimmy Johnson though, because they are both my hero's and I wouldnt be able to pick between them! Go Travis! Your awesome! Kick some butt!
Bob -Bringing MX fans to ASSCAR?  November 15, 2010 03:59 PM
I fully admire Pastrana and all his acomplishments. A phenomenally talented/insane rider. And I eagerly looked forward to watching Carmichael ride week after week for years. Just because they're on 4 wheels now doesn't mean MXers will watch NASCAR. You can't pay me enough money to sit in front of a TV for 3 hours watching a bunch or car/trucks run around in a circle. The GOAT didn't convert me. Pastrana won't either. I guess I'm just not a white trash redneck.
SamXRL -Nice-car  November 14, 2010 12:54 PM
The main reason I watch the sub-divisions of Nascar is to see how The GOAT is doing. Adding some competitors that were successful in their own type of racing can only add more interest to a sport that needs it. 400+ lap races get a bit tedious unless you have a favorite racer and want to see how they are doing. Travis will have a bit of a learning curve to undergo before he gets competitive. Ricky C's ready to get on the podium now (provided he can stay safe and not get caught up in accidents).
Madfoxx -To much ADD  November 12, 2010 03:57 PM
I think Travis is too ADD to sit behind the wheel for three hours turning left. He will try to back flip the car in turn three. Look how many Subaru's he destroyed, that's why he's out of rally racing.
who -who is  November 12, 2010 03:33 PM
Who is #199 going to piss-off first?
NASCAR -isgay  November 12, 2010 03:19 PM
He's gonna drive straight and turn to the left!
Joe -Oh Yeah  November 12, 2010 12:33 PM
Here comes Ricky Bobby ;)
Colin M -derp  November 12, 2010 08:51 AM
Awesome! One of the best marketing decisions NASCAR has made. Ken Block in WRC was/is was much less likely to succeed. Pastrana has a lot more personality and talent. I don't watch TV so NASCAR doesn't get my direct support. I will watch Pastrana on Youtube, which is the market NASCAR is looking for.
bikerrandy -Pastrana tries demolition derby next  November 12, 2010 08:30 AM
I'm sure them current NASCAR drivers can't wait to show Travis a thing or two. 8^ )
x2468 -RC  November 12, 2010 06:27 AM
I wonder who will have more success, Pastrana or Charmicheal?
Louis -NASCAR Bashing  November 11, 2010 04:54 PM
NASCAR bashing is easy and entertaining (Talladega Nights anyone!!!). That said, NASCAR figured it out. The results speak for themselves. It's the most popular motorsport in America. Sure they mainly go in circles the whole time. So what. It is exciting in its way. There's strategy. There's lots of lead changes. Crashes. It's entertaining and Pastrana sure as hell is an entertainer!

I say good luck to him!
R34 -NASCAR?  November 11, 2010 04:40 PM
NASCAR? Really?! I can't fault Pastrana for him accomplishing his goals and dreams but damn...Rather watch professional angling, the Grizzly Man or baseball. Who knows, maybe he will double back flip the damn car on the brickyard.