Pastrana's No. 60 gets X Games paint scheme
X Games medalist Travis Pastrana's No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Mustang will have an X Games Los Angeles paint scheme for the NASCAR Nationwide races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway.
"X Games are the single biggest action sports event in the world," Pastrana, a 17-time medal winner, said in a release. "I've been able to make a career out of having fun and pushing the limits because of the platform provided by this event. I love everything about it."
Beside promoting X Games Los Angeles, which will be held Aug. 1-4, the paint scheme highlights the different races Pastrana will be competing in the next few weeks. After the July 27 NNS race in Indianapolis and the Aug. 3 race in Iowa, he will compete in the Ford RallyCross event Aug. 4 at X Games L.A. in Irwindale, Calif. (in a Dodge Dart).
"This is a huge opportunity for me to be able to bring some eyes from NASCAR over to the X Games and vice versa," Pastrana said. "It's never easy to compete and be competitive in more than one discipline, but I've made a career out of doing that. No matter what, that weekend will be a lot of fun. I haven't won an event yet this year and it's a good time to turn the season around."
Pastrana, 29, gained fame and fortune as a Moto X competitor and Rally driver at X Games, winning 11 gold medals. This season, however, he made driving an NNS schedule his top priority. He competes in the Global Rallycross Championship when his NNS schedule allows, and has raced at one of the three X Games RallyCross events this year, finishing seventh in April at Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil.
Pastrana has had mixed results this year in Nationwide competition. He's in 14th place, 205 points behind overall leader Regan Smith, heading into the 18th race of the season Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Pastrana had the pole for the May 4 Talladega Superspeedway race, and his ninth-place finish on April 26 at Richmond International Raceway is his best so far in his brief career.
"NASCAR and the X Games have a lot that cross over, but they are still worlds apart," Pastrana said. "So far I've shown the action sports community how difficult NASCAR truly is, but my goal is to show the NASCAR community how talented and determined action sports athletes can be. There will be a lot of pressure on me from the action sports side when I roll onto the track with this paint scheme, but I usually thrive under pressure."
The Indianapolis NNS race airs at 4:30 p.m. ET July 27 on ESPN. The Iowa race airs at 8 p.m. ET Aug. 3 on ESPN2, and X Games RallyCross airs at 5 p.m. ET Aug. 4 on ESPN.