Travis Pastrana Takes Up NASCAR Full-Time

The X Games star announced he will compete in the full Nationwide Series schedule this year.

Ed Millerby Ed Miller

For well over a decade, Travis Pastrana has made motocross look easy, but these days he’s looking to conquer a new sport – NASCAR.  Last year Pastrana dabbled in stock car racing, competing in seven Nationwide Series races with Roush Fenway Racing.  This year he plans to do a lot more than dabble.

Pastrana announced Thursday that he will drive in all NASCAR Nationwide Series races this year and he will do so with Roush’s No. 60 Ford Mustang. The 11-time X Games gold medalist is serious about making the switch from two wheels to four and plans to compete in all 33 races. 

The 29-year-old was initially slated to make his debut in 2011, but a broken right ankle from an X Games freestyle motocross event forced him to put the transition to NASCAR on the back-burner for several months.  Pastrana got off to a slow start but posted his best finish – 13th place – at last year’s inaugural Indiana 250.  With the switch to full-time, he’s hoping his past success can carry over to the new sport. 

“I am very serious about making this move, running competitively and ultimately winning races in NASCAR,” Pastrana admitted.  “No team can claim the success in the Nationwide Series that Roush Fenway has, and I know driving an RFR Ford will provide me with the maximum opportunity to develop my skills behind the wheel of a stock car.”

Pastrana will join 2010 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne as the two full-time Nationwide Series participants from RFR and will be teamed-up with veteran crew chief Chad Norris, who led Carl Edwards’ No. 99 Ford for the final 17 Sprint Cup races last year.  Some believe Pastrana will attract a more youthful audience, thanks to his half-million Twitter followers and his popular TV program Nitro Circus.

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