Travis Pastrana Ready for NASCAR Debut

As we announced back in November, multiple X-Games freestyle motocross gold medalist and Rally America champion Travis Pastrana is about to enter NASCAR racing, with his stock-car racing debut set to happen in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series’ Toyota All-Star Showdown.

The event, scheduled to take place on January 29 at California’s Irwindale Speedway will reportedly help the 27-year-old American prepare for his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis in late July.

“I’m really excited to see what we can do in the Nationwide Series,” says Pastrana who is a part owner of the Pastrana-Waltrip Racing where he’ll drive. “We are definitely going to make a mark when we come in there and hopefully we won’t get banged up too bad too many times. No 360s, no backflips and we should be alright.”

Last week, Pastrana also unveiled his new NASCAR ride which will sport the No. 99, although he’s added a ghosted No. 1 to reflect the No. 199 he’s always driven under. You can watch the unveiling of Pastrana's No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota for Pastrana-Waltrip Racing car in the video below this article.

To prepare for the California event, Pastrana completed a test with the team last month at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway in a K&N Pro East Series car.

“We’ve tested, but nothing compares to racing and I’m really looking forward to that!” he says. “Where is the best competition and the best drivers in the US? That’s NASCAR and to be able to get an opportunity to go race against those guys and see what they’re made of is a dream come true.”

Pastrana revealed he plans to use the X-Games to promote his NASCAR debut, which will be the first stop in a seven-race Nationwide schedule in 2011. The motorsport athlete also plans to enter at least 20 Nationwide races in 2012.

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