Travis Pastrana to race NASCAR
Following Wednesday's announcement about Travis Pastrana parting ways with Subaru Rally Team USA, even bigger news came from the camp of the 11-time X Games gold medalist Thursday.
Pastrana will be racing NASCAR in 2011. He'll make his debut in the Nationwide Series with Pastrana-Waltrip Racing, both as a driver and team owner.
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 [Gary and Blake], 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.
ESPN has the latest on longtime FMX champ, upstart Rally star and soon-to-be NASCAR driver, Travis Pastrana.