Travis Pastrana, NASCAR driver ... why not?
This is just what NASCAR needs: action sports stars.
Travis Pastrana, a 10-time X Games gold medalist, is joining NASCAR as a driver and owner. He's hooking up with Michael Waltrip and plans to race in seven Nationwide events next year, 20 in 2012. Pastrana, 27, first must be approved to drive by NASCAR ("That's the steering wheel. That's the accelerator."), but flagging ratings and the need for an infusion of fresh personality would seem to make that a formality.
And Pastrana is nothing if not fresh (see Eli Saslow's 2005 profile).
"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."
| November 12, 2010; 7:50 AM ET
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