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Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:16 am

Travis Pastrana announces NASCAR schedule

By Pete Pistone

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It took a little longer than he had hoped but Travis Pastrana has his 2012 NASCAR schedule in place.

The 11-time X-Games gold medalist and action sports star plans to run seven Nationwide Series races as well as 11 K&N Pro Series races in 2012. He’ll make his K&N debut in the season-opening race at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17 with his Nationwide Series premier comes at Richmond International in April.

“The wait has been grueling,” said Pastrana, who was sidlined last summer when he broke his right foot and ankle in an X Games competition. “This is one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. But we’re ready to go now. We have seven Nationwide races planned but if we can secure some additional sponsorship we’ll run more. If it were up to me we’d run every race after Richmond. I’m ready to get this thing going.”

The injury and surgeries forced him to miss his entire 2012 Nationwide schedule and he has been chomping at the bit to get his stock car career back on track.

“I was pretty much unable to do anything for a couple months, but as soon as they let me I was back behind the wheel testing and preparing for this upcoming season. I have to thank Boost Mobile for its patience and understanding – they didn’t have to stick with me through all this, but they did and I really appreciate it. I really hope to reward their commitment once I get back behind the wheel at Richmond.”

Pastrana will race under the Pastrana199 Racing banner in 2012. The team will have a technical alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing supplying personnel and equipment. Boost Mobile will sponsor each of the seven Nationwide races while iRacing will serve as the primary sponsor in four K&N races.

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Posted on: October 2, 2011 1:49 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2011 1:52 pm

X Games over for Travis Pastrana

By Pete Pistone

Travis Pastrana won't rule out a return to action sports but says he's hanging up his helmet from the X Games.

After breaking his foot and ankle in last July's edition, the action sports star and fledgling NASCAR driver told the media Sunday at Dover International Speedway he was finished with the X Games.

“Not to say my action sports career is done, but as far as anything taking risks, I’m definitely going to be in this car and trying to do the best that I can to put my best foot forward,” Pastrana said about the injury that postponed his Nationwide Series debut in Indianapolis. “It was the most disappointing thing in my life, not only to have myself but to have an entire team waiting for me and banking on me being in the car."

Pastrana says he's healing well and plans to be back behind the wheel by early next year.

"Right now, recovery has been going slow but really good, I guess," he said.  "I get the pins out on Monday, which is always nice. Hopefully all the pins come out and start getting in the pool and be able to get down to the shop a little bit more, drive the iRacing simulator -- do whatever I can to try to get back driving cars as quick as possible."
That plan still includes 20 Nationwide Series races for the Pastrana-Waltrip Racing team next season. While he's not planning anything for Daytona in February, Pastrana is excited about the schedule his team is putting together for 2012.

"The goal is definitely the same, to race as much as possible," Pastrana said.  "We'll just have to work out sponsorship for after the first couple and hopefully those races will go well and we'll be able to race more than 20.  If not, definitely looking forward to running as much of the K&N Series as possible.  I haven't really had anything finalized yet, but my goal is just to get in as many cars as possible."

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Posted on: August 6, 2011 9:22 am

Travis Pastrana Nationwide debut now in 2012

Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

Pastrana Waltrip Racing announced today that Travis Pastrana will not make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut until the 2012 season due to injuries suffered during the 17th annual X Games last week.

The 11-time X Games gold medalist broke his right ankle and foot while attempting a Rodeo 720 with a back flip during the Best Trick competition in Los Angeles, forcing him to miss his scheduled NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis last Saturday. 

The injuries required surgery, which was completed by Dr. Tom Dennis at Riva Road Surgical Center in Annapolis, Md., Wednesday evening.  Dr. Dennis said the operation was a success and that Pastrana should make a full recovery following a strict healing process which will require Pastrana to be immobilized in traction for at least one month and unable to apply weight on his right leg for another month. 

“To give my ankle and foot time to heal properly we have decided to wait until 2012 to make my NASCAR debut,” Pastrana said. “I probably could have been ready for the final couple of races in 2011, but it just makes more sense to start fresh in 2012. We are already starting to talk about testing and what I need to do to prepare for next season. My sincere apologies go out to my NASCAR team, fans and sponsors for this delay. Thanks for all of the support.  This will be a fun ride … eventually.” 

Pastrana made his NASCAR debut on January 29 when he finished sixth in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway. Pastrana was scheduled to run a total of seven Nationwide Series races this season with his debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. on July 30.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 3:09 pm

Waltrip knew risks of X Games for Travis Pastrana

Posted by Brian De Los Santos

Michael Waltrip
, co-owner of the car Travis Pastrana was scheduled to make his NASCAR Nationwide debut in on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Raceway, held an open session with the media Friday to discuss the team's new plans after Pastrana broke his right ankle and foot while attempting a Moto X trick Thursday at the X Games.

Was Pastrana-Waltrip Racing prepared for this possibility?

"We understood he might get hurt.  Now, I wouldn't tell you that I'm naïve and when I think of Travis Pastrana I think of Superman.  I just assumed it would all be okay.  I sat around a big table with a bunch of Michael Waltrip Racing employees and friends and when he fell over the first time and got back up and went again, I'm like, 'Perfect.  That's Travis.  He'll get there.'  And then on the second attempt, obviously we weren't so fortunate.  But, I got an amazing, sweet email from him last night saying how devastated he was, but how passionate he was about putting that behind him and getting on with his NASCAR career.  We're targeting Richmond as our next start.  He's going to work with his doctors and find out if that's realistic and make sure that that is something that we can look forward to.  His debut is delayed.  I sent him a note and said, 'I'm old now, so having something to look forward to is really important to me.'  When I knew I was going to run Kentucky since Talladega in April, I've been looking forward to going to  Kentucky.   Now, I'm looking forward to going to Talladega and racing.  I told Travis, 'This is just something else on list that I have to look forward to.'  He really had a good couple of weeks leading up to coming here.  Testing -- he ran at LOR (Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis) with David Stremme in a Late Model.  Got some laps there and ran some Nationwide cars testing as well.  He was prepared.  Just couldn't quite land the jump."

How did you decide to not run the car this weekend?

"Boost Mobile -- we all were aware of the risks.  They wanted to not run the car and just wait for Travis (Pastrana).  I support that decision and agree with that decision 100 percent.  It's a Pastrana-Waltrip sponsor and Pastrana is the big part of Pastrana-Waltrip -- it's the reason why we've got this opportunity.  It was an easy decision to make, just disappointing. The main thing is Travis' health -- he gets his foot fixed and we're going to give him four wheels for a while, we hope, and he probably won't fall over in the dirt on four wheels."

How do you determine when to get Travis back in the car?

"I think it's pretty simple.  The doctors will put him on a timeline and he will abide by what their direction is and see what happens.  Get him in a car, test, make sure he's comfortable and happy and when it's time, it's time.  If it isn't Richmond, we'll move it back to when it's appropriate.  If you could read this email that I got from him last night, you just want to -- I wanted to cry, because he just was so beat up and down over not only his foot being broke, but the fans that were looking forward to it, breaking their hearts.  Our team looking forward to and all the support we've given him, making them not have the opportunity.  He was just really sad.  I did my best to cheer him up, as did Ty (Norris) and all the guys on the team. We just look forward to continuing this relationship for a long time to come.  He's a great guy."

Has a date been set for Travis' surgery?

"I don't have those details."

Do you still plan to have Travis in seven races?

"We would hope to and it depends on the recovery process.  If we get squeezed down to where it won't fit, we'll have to deal with that.  I guess Richmond is 11 to go in the Cup, right, so maybe nine or 10 are left in Nationwide, so we'll have to see how it fits."

Will Travis attempt to test at Richmond before debuting?

"We just want to make sure we don't do anything wrong, but yes.  If it's okay to take a Late Model there and run it, that's what we'll do.  We both -- he (Travis Pastrana) ran a Late Model there, as did I in Denny's (Hamlin) thing this past May. Unfortunately, got into a crash on the first lap, so he didn't learn all that we had hoped he would.  And then he ran the K&N car there.  Our history shows us that if you look at what he did at Irwindale (Speedway) last year, he got a chance to test there for a day before he went back and raced and, man, was he ever competitive and did he do a great job at that race. We're learning that laps are very important for somebody like Travis that has a great feel for a race car and great car control, but he just doesn't have any experience.  Richmond would be a great place to make his debut and we feel like with his history there and whatever other testing we could do leading up to that event would be beneficial."

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:23 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 12:39 pm

Travis Pastrana injured and out of Indy debut

Posted by Brian De Los Santos and Pete Pistone

The much-anticipated NASCAR debut of action sports star Travis Pastrana will be delayed.

After competing at the X Games on Thursday, Pastrana was set to fly to Indianapolis for Saturday night's Nationwide race, but he reportedly broke his right leg and foot while particpating in the moto-x best trick competition.

Pastrana actually crashed twice. After failing to land the trick the first time, he quickly picked himself up to make a run at another, but that attempt proved unsuccessful as well and he fell to the dirt after trying to limp away.

Friday morning the team released this press release confirming Pastrana's injury will requite surgery and that his Nationwide Series debut will be delayed until September 9th at Richmond International Raceway:

From Team News Release

INDIANAPOLIS – Pastrana Waltrip Racing announced Friday it will withdraw the No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota from Saturday’s race at Lucas Oil Raceway where action sports star Travis Pastrana planned to make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut. 

Pastrana broke his right foot and ankle after back-to-back crashes during the Moto X Best Trick competition at the X Games in Los Angeles Thursday. 

“Like fans everywhere we were so excited about Travis’ debut Saturday night,” said team owner Michael Waltrip. “We have a long term vision with Travis which includes lots of NASCAR. We can’t wait to get him healed and in our race cars. We talked to our sponsor Boost Mobile and agreed to withdraw from Indy and delay our debut. We’ve waited a long time for someone like Travis Pastrana. I guess we’ll just have to wait a little bit longer.”

Pastrana had planned to compete in Best Trick and Freestyle on Thursday and Friday, fly to Indianapolis to make his NASCAR Nationwide debut Saturday, then return to Los Angeles to compete in RallyCross on Sunday. 

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:21 am

Travis Pastrana set for Nationwide debut

Posted by Pete Pistone

Action sports superstar Travis Pastrana will make his long-awaited NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in Saturday night's Kroger 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway:

From News Release

After back-flipping his way through the ESPN X Games, Travis Pastrana will catch a red-eye flight to Indianapolis to make his first ever start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway. The long awaited arrival of the action sports star is finally here. Pastrana has 16 X Games gold medals in addition to multiple titles in supercross, motocross and rally cars. He'll make his series debut for Pastrana-Waltrip Racing #99 Boost Mobile Toyota. Pastrana got a taste of NASCAR racing, having run a combination of five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West races this year including his best finish of sixth in his NASCAR debut in January at the Toyota All-Star Showdown. His other NASCAR K&N Pro Series races were Phoenix (25th), Richmond (33rd), Iowa (22nd) and Loudon (22nd).
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Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:38 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 12:38 pm

Behind the Hauler: Travis Pastrana

By Pete Pistone
Travis Pastrana has a worldwide following from his exploits in motorcycle racing, extreme action sports and rally cars. Now the headliner of the insanely popular “Nitro Circus” is brining his act to stock car racing specifically NASCAR.

Pastrana has already made a couple of starts in the developmental K&N Pro Series with an impressive sixth place finish to his credit at Irwindale Speedway in January. He plans on making more starts in the division including the April 28th stop at Richmond International Raceway before graduating to the Nationwide Series and his debut in July at Lucas Oil raceway in Indianapolis.

Pastrana tested at Virginia’s Motor Mile Speedway earlier this week and dropped by Sirius NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive” for an update on his progress and thoughts about making NASCAR his new home:

You made your first laps in the Nationwide car this week. What was it like and what were your early observations?

I wasn’t very comfortable when we started and it took me some time to adjust. First time with the radial tires as well. By the end, I started trying to drive a lot more like Matt Crafton, he was just a lot smoother than me in the corners. I felt like I could drive the car at the end. Our times were up and down but it felt good. At the beginning, I had one good lap and then one crappy lap. We were getting more consistent.

What’s been the difference between running the K&N Pro car and the Nationwide car early on?

I sort of like the K&N car a little better right now because if the way it drives, almost like a go kart. It responds better because those cars are so much lighter, the Nationwide Series car of course is much heavier and has more power so it takes time to learn how to dial it in and you kind of have to forget what you know from the other car to an extent. But like I said, the longer we were out there making laps the better it felt. It’ll take time for sure.

You have been so successful on what you’ve done until now in your career and you could have tried your hand at other kinds of motorsports disciplines but you chose NASCAR. Why?

I’ve always loved watching NASCAR and the sport is so popular and at the same time so competitive. That’s what drove me to try it, to push myself and see what I could do against what I believe are some of if not the best drivers in the world. Like I say, it’s a learning curve and I understand that but I want to be successful here. That’s what drives me and I so far am loving every minute of it.

And rather than try to make the jump right to the top level of the sport you chose to do it primarily with the Nationwide Series first and the learning process to get there. What was the thought process when you decided to put together a NASCAR program.

To be the best at anything takes a passion, a commitment beyond what 99.9 percent of people in the world would be willing to sacrifice. And I have no problem with that. I understand what it's going to take. I still enjoy the other stuff that I do and will keep doing that as we get this NASCAR program together. But I’m so competitive when I get in this seat I want to be the best that I can and learn and develop. I want to be Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon and the top drivers in this sport and I’m committed to figure this out and be competitive however way I can as fast as I can.

What steered you in the direction to become involved in action sports and take risks and chances with the wild and sometimes crazy-looking types of driving you’ve done?

Definitely my parents. My mom raced motorcycles, my dad raced motorcycles, that’s what we did as a family. We just went out and ride on the weekends and then you get to be 4, 5 or 6 years old and you go out and race on the weekends. My dad had a construction company and we always had a chance to jump cars and literally from the first time I could grip a steering wheel we were always racing around and jumping cars and then we would be looking to find you know bridges to jump off of and I guess my reality never set in and I’m still like a kid I guess.

After all the extreme kinds of racing you’ve done in the past is this kind of racing in NASCAR boring at all?

When I’m in the car I’m extremely focused and competitive almost a split personality if you will. I think when you see the X-Games and some of that stuff it looks really crazy and all but I’m competitive in whatever I do and I really like getting in the car and racing against so many guys who are so good.

To finish sixth in the All-Star Showdown back in January your first time in a car I think showed people you have the talent to do this and that you could be competitive pretty quickly.

Well the team with Michael Waltrip Racing and everyone has been great putting all this together and the support I’ve gotten is unbelievable. That was a fun night and one that I learned a lot from. We didn’t get near the front until late in the race but driving and racing around out there with all those cars on the track was an experience and it really fired up my competitiveness. It was something to build on and we’re trying to do that with more starts in that series, looking forward to going to Richmond later this month and racing at that track and then continuing our testing so we’re ready for that great weekend in Indianapolis later this summer on the Nationwide Series.


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