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Travis Pastrana is headed to NASCAR, will drive 7 Nationwide races for Pastrana-Waltrip Racing

Travis Pastrana (center) will drive for Pastrana-Waltrip Racing in 2011 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Travis Pastrana (center) will drive for Pastrana-Waltrip Racing in 2011 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Motocross rider, rally car driver and X Games winner Travis Pastrana will make the move to stock cars next season, forming Pastrana-Waltrip Racing to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2011.

Pastrana, a star of MTV's Nitro Circus, will compete in seven Nationwide races in 2011 and 20 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, 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.

A press release said Pastrana-Waltrip Racing will focus on creating programs that expose Image001_medium
the action sports world's fans and participants to NASCAR and develop youth marketing initiatives designed to create greater awareness of both sports.

"Travis has built an enormous and unique following all over the world," said Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 champion. "As a race team owner, we are always looking for ways to deliver to our partners and engage our fans better. This is an opportunity to showcase our company and our sport to a new generation of young fans. We're also looking for that next big star. Travis already is one and action sports is full of talented athletes. Having Travis as a part of our program adds another great dimension to our team and NASCAR."

Pastrana is one of the most recognized and celebrated athletes in the world. An action-sports icon, Pastrana owns 16 X Games gold medals along with multiple supercross, motocross and rally championships in his career. Pastrana also created the Nitro Circus empire, which includes a television show, live tours and a soon-to-be-released feature film.

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