Travis Pastrana lands full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series deal
|By Matt Beer||Thursday, January 3rd 2013, 16:19 GMT|
X Games and American rallying star Travis Pastrana has secured a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series deal with Roush Fenway Racing as he bids to break into stock car racing's top level.
Pastrana made a one-off Nationwide start with Roush at Richmond last year, while also contesting several races with a RAB/Michael Waltrip Racing entry.
He originally made his name in motocross before adding rallying to his repertoire, ultimately winning four American rally titles, two motocross crowns and multiple X Games medals.
"I am very serious about making this move, running competitively and ultimately winning races in NASCAR," said Pastrana.
"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."
Team boss Jack Roush said he was determined to help Pastrana progress towards the Sprint Cup.
"Travis is a champion," said Roush. "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. We would certainly expect to see a great level of excitement brought to the table as he progresses within our sport."