The upcoming 2013 NASCAR season will give Travis Pastrana a new opportunity to add more accomplishments within his career.
On Thursday Roush Fenway Racing announced that in the 2013 season Pastrana will join the team full-time, as he will race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Not only will Pastrana make his move into full-time racing in NASCAR but he will also do it behind the wheel of the No.60 car, a car with the most wins in the series.
“I am extremely excited about making the move into full-time NASCAR competition in 2013 and equally thrilled to have the opportunity to make that move with Jack Roush and the team at Roush Fenway Racing,” said Pastrana in a statement.
In the 2012 season the action sports star made his debut in the Nationwide Series making nine starts, one of them at Richmond for Roush Fenway Racing. His only race with RFR in 2012 gave him a career best starting spot in fifth and a 17th place finish after running in the top-10 throughout the race.
Heading into the new season Pastrana will have Chad Norris as his crew chief.
The move to Roush Fenway Racing and the opportunity to race full-time give Pastrana the opportunity to live out the NASCAR dream he has been waiting for. He was set to debut in 2011 and expected to make the move to full time racing in 2012 but all plans changed after an injury at the 2011 X-Games. Most of his plans would go on hold including his Nationwide debut.
Once the 2012 season came Pastrana made his debut and left the possibility for a future in NASCAR open. His road to recovery after the injury and his desire to improve, have provided him with a new opportunity in 2013 to even race for a championship.
Not only does Pastrana have an opportunity in 2013 but so does Roush Fenway Racing. In the new season the team will also feature the return of Trevor Bayne to full-time racing in the series, as well as the return of the historic No.60 car. The team will also have two drivers competing for a shot at the drivers’ championship and the chance to win back an owners championship that the No.60 car had previously won.