Published on November 11th, 2010 | by Michael J Smith2
It’s Official: Pastrana Headed To Nationwide Series In 2011
CBSSports.com is reporting that motorcyclist and rally car driver Travis Pastrana is going to make the move from Rally America to NASCAR next season driving a Diamond-Waltrip Racing Toyota in the Nationwide Series.
Apparently, there was a photo leaked via Pastrana’s twitter account of him sitting next to his Nationwide Series car. That photo has since been taken down. was taken down before the official announcement came.
Pastrana’s publicist is said to have confirmed that an announcement would come Thursday.
Update: Michael Waltrip Racing announced that Travis Pastrana is coming to NASCAR in 2011. He will drive for the newly created Pastrana Waltrip Racing. The venture will work on creating programs that attract the action sports world’s fans and participants to NASCAR. PWR will also develop youth marketing initiatives designed to create greater awareness of both sports.
Pastrana is expected to drive seven 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. 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!
MWR owner Michael Waltrip said:
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.
Meanwhile, Subaru announced Wednesday that it has ended its relationship with Pastrana, according to ESPN. Pastrana drove a Subaru Impreza rally car. There is a chance that Pastrana races in the 2011 X Games in a Toyota.
Red Bull, which sponsors Pastrana, will continue to sponsor Pastrana personally, but will not appear as a primary sponsor on his NASCAR Camrys.