Pastrana plans full Nationwide season with Roush Fenway
Thursday, Jan. 03, 2013
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 28: Travis Pastrana, driver of the #98 AM/PM Toyota, stands on the gird during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Smith's 350 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 28, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Action sports star Travis Pastrana is scheduled to run the full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule in 2013 with Roush Fenway Racing, it was formally announced Thursday.
Pastrana will drive the No. 60 Ford Mustangs in all 33 events on the schedule, which opens at Daytona international Speedway next month.
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, a four-time rally champion, motocross champion and multiple X Games gold medal winner.
In previous events, Pastrana was affiliated with the Toyota team of Michael Waltrip Racing.
I am very serious about making this move, running competitively and ultimately winning races in NASCAR, Pastrana said. No team can claim the success in the Nationwide Series that Roush Fenway has, and I know driving an RFR Ford will provide me with the maximum opportunity to develop my skills behind the wheel of a stock car.
Pastrana has made nine career Nationwide Series starts, including one for Roush Fenway last September at Richmond, where he qualified a career-high fifth and ran top-10 for much of the race en route to a 17th-place finish.
Crew chief Chad Norris will work with the driver and the teams will be supported by a variety of sponsors. Travis is a champion, said Jack Roush, the organization's co-owner. It takes a great deal of drive and determination to reach that level of greatness in any field. He is serious about this move to NASCAR and we are committed to doing everything we can to see his career develop in NASCAR."
The No. 60 will be one of two full-time Roush Fenway entries in 2013. The 2010 Daytona 500 winner, Trevor Bayne, will be in the No. 6 Ford Mustang.
The organization won back-to-back Nationwide Series championships in 2011 and 2012 and RFRs 131 wins are the most in NNS history. The No. 60 also captured the owners championship in the series in 2011.