Travis Pastrana will have one thing in mind heading into Indianapolis, thinking about what could have been.
Pastrana has made his long awaited NASCAR debut but it was about a year ago that he was scheduled to make his first laps in a NASCAR Nationwide Series car. Back in 2011 Pastrana advertised his scheduled race at Indianapolis as part of Pastranathon where he was set to participated at the X-Games and NASCAR. Those plans later ended up changing all of Pastrana’s plans.
Indianapolis was set to be the debut for Pastrana in Nationwide but after injuries to his right ankle and foot at the X-Games, that long awaited debut moved over to 2012.
After making six Nationwide starts in 2012 Pastrana will now head into Indianapolis. Although he was set to make his debut there last year, he will now make his Indianapolis debut over at Indianapolis Motor Speedway rather than Lucas Oil Raceway. Lucas Oil Raceway could have been the track to start Pastrana’s Natiowide run but the Brickyard will now make it a brand new experience for Pastrana.
Since his original debut date, a year later can make a difference. From the beginning of his NASCAR run Pastrana has gained more experience and preparation compared to last season. He ran in the Toyota All Star Showdown in 2011 but after the delay Pastrana has ran more races with the K&N Series, and Global Rally Cross which has helped in his cross over from bikes to cars.
Pastrana has even thanked follow NASCAR drivers Joey Logano and Matt Crafton for providing him with insights for his NASCAR preparation.
A year later Pastrana is gaining the experience and the knowledge that will take him beyond in his career.