In 2013 Action Sports Legend Travis Pastrana makes the jump – no pun intended – to full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series Racing, behind the wheel of Roush Fenway’s historic No. 60 Ford.
Pastrana has made nine career Nationwide Series starts, including one for Roush Fenway last September at Richmond, where he qualified a career-high fifth and ran top-10 for much of the race en route to a 17th-place finish. He will team up with veteran NASCAR crew chief Chad Norris in 2013.
Born in Maryland in 1983, Pastrana excelled at mountain biking and school. However, by the age of four, he was already riding a Honda one-speed and found his true calling – motocross. After winning five Loretta Lynn National Amateur crowns, two Canadian titles, and the World Freestyle Championship, all before the age of 14, Pastrana launched himself into fame as a versatile, no holds bar athlete.
In 1999, he won his first 125cc pro race, two gold medals at the Gravity Games, and was the youngest competitor to win the freestyle motocross gold medal at X Games. In 2000, Pastrana devoted his full attention to pro competition emerging as the 125cc national champion and was 3rd overall in the National Supercross series. He was named the AMA Rookie of the Year, joined America’s Motocross des Nations team, and took a repeat freestyle Gold at the Summer X Games. In 2001, Pastrana’s dominance continued when he won the 125cc East Supercross Series championship and was awarded Motocross Rider of the Year at the ESPN Action Sports & Music Awards. By 2005, he had accumulated a career total of five X Games gold medals, five gold medals from Gravity Games, and additional wins at events including the Dew Tour and Red Bull X-Fighters.
Always pushing the next level of motocross, Travis tested the waters in Rally car racing and in 2006 he became one of the youngest drivers to ever win a Rally America Championship. He continued to dominate the sport, as a four time reigning champion in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2010, Travis increased his career X Games medal count to 16 by adding two more golds in freestyle moto and speed & style. That same year, Pastrana set two world records. The first was longest ramp-to-ramp car jump with a 269 foot jump which shattered the previous 171 foot record. The second record came when Pastrana ascended Mount Whitney in his Subaru WRX STi in 6min 20.47 seconds, setting the world record for fastest ascent of the mountain in a car.
Travis Pastrana’s accomplishments are legendary: youngest rider to ever represent the United States at the Motocross of Nations in France, 125cc National Outdoor Motocross Champion, 125cc East Supercross Series Champion, and the most successful competitor in the history of X Games Freestyle Motocross. Equally impressive on four wheels, Travis has attained four championships in the Rally America Series, competes in the Global Rally Cross Championship series, and in 2012 will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut.
Beyond his athletic prowess, Pastrana is the creator and superstar of the Nitro Circus franchise which includes a sold out World Tour, successful TV series, and soon to be released 3D feature film. Pastrana, who’s success and considerable adoration that accompanies him, has maintained a reputation for being just like the guy next door – maybe nicer.