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Pastrana posing next to his new NASCAR

It's official. Travis Pastrana has left his partnership with Subaru. The rally fiend joined up with the Pleiades in 2004 in supercross and freestyle motorcross before officially becoming part of Subaru Rally Team USA in 2006. Since then, Pastrana has raked in over 150 stage wins while nabbing a spot on the podium 40 times from behind the wheel of a WRX STI. His resume is also decorated with the fact he managed to walk away with four consecutive Rally America National Championship titles.

As of right now, there's no indication as to exactly what Pastrana has planned for the future, though Subaru was cordial in wishing the company's former hot shoe the best in whatever comes next. Hit the jump for the full press release.

*UPDATE: In a radio interview with Speed Freaks this week, Pastrana let slip that he was in talks with Michael Waltrip Racing to possibly drive for the team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

[Source: Subaru, Speed Freaks]
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Subaru Bids Farewell to Travis Pastrana
-- Driver departs after 5 seasons --

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Nov. 10 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today bid farewell to Travis Pastrana as the company's lead driver. Travis began his relationship Subaru in 2004 from the world of supercross and freestyle motorcross and officially joined Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) in 2006 having run abbreviated development seasons with Subaru in 2004-2005. During his career as an SRT USA driver, Travis piloted his Subaru Impreza WRX STI to 150+ stage wins, 40 podiums, and 22 event victories en route to earning four consecutive Rally America National Championship titles (2006-2009) and becoming the youngest-ever U.S. Rally champion in history. Within the ESPN X Games Rally Car Racing format, Travis went on to win two gold, one silver and one bronze medal with Subaru Rally Team USA.

Tim Mahoney, CMO of Subaru of America said, "Travis brought Rally to a whole new audience through the rally championship and of course through his spectacular appearances at X Games. We wholeheartedly thank him for his outstanding performances with Subaru Rally Team USA and wish him well in his future endeavors."

Subaru recently celebrated breaking its all-time sales record for the brand in the US. The company surpassed its previous record set in 2009 with two months of 2010 remaining and expects to top 250,000 sales for the year.

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      • 4 Years Ago

      May God save his soul.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He WILL BE going to Ford.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      hymm nascar nationwide, this is gonna be fun too watch, hopefully he has some success and moves too sprint relatively quick!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford could use him!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dumb Dumb move on Subaru's part!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dumb move on Pastrana's part...

        I think its a safe assumption that the NASCAR demographic and the WRC/MotoX/Nitro Circus demographic don't mix well
      • 4 Years Ago
      ProDrive is looking for a new driver for their MINI...

      ...just sayin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        PS... Autoblog, I like when the picture changes when I hit "Add Comment"... that's a cool new feature... :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe since he's been pretty dang good at moto and auto sports, he's going to give swamp-boat racing a try
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's been a crap-ton of "Why NASCAR" posts in this thread. Let me respond to that.

      Assuming all are equal, in terms of Travis' ability to drive. OK so far?

      Why would he go to NASCAR over F1, Indycar, SCCA, WRC, RallyAmerica, or ALMS?

      Guess which gets the highest ratings, second only to football, in America.
      Guess which has nearly 2x the season as F1 and caters solely to Americans.
      Guess which gets broadcasted on more networks (cable and public).
      Guess which sport has a defined graduation approach of series.

      NASCAR. Listen, I F@#%ING HATE NASCAR. HATE IT. However, they do a LOT right, in terms of business decisions and marketing. They use sponsors that Americans recognize, race in states where %fandom nearly guarantees sellouts. They have 36 freaking races from February to November, rarely going two weeks between races.

      Also, there's clear graduation in series, ALL CALLED NASCAR, for drivers who excel.

      You don't get that in F1. It's FIA Formula Ford, Formula Renault, GP2, GP3, Formula Asia, etc..

      In F1, you get to wait for your country's one race, MAYBE TWO if you're Spain, per year.

      In NASCAR, EVERY race is in your country. And nearly ALL of its drivers speak English as a PRIMARY LANGUAGE, not "ESL, E3L, etc."

      So it's no wonder NASCAR is a success. It's a formula. Unfortunately, an Austin race won't convert mass motor racing fans to F1. It's inefficient.

      1 race in Austin. 36 races across America. Which one's easier to follow.

      1 race during normal broadcast hours vs midnight, 7am, 3AM, 10AM, 2AM race starts in F1.

      Travis is considering money, his ability to be on camera more, and, to be honest, he'll get more practice, given the large race calendar.

      If they'd only switch to Direct Injection, raise the number of gears in the gearbox, and ditch the paper clips, ovals, half ovals, punchbowls in favor OF ACTUAL RACE CIRCUITS.

      That's a series I could actually get behind.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They'll be moving to FI by 2011 or 2012.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My only hope that is if he does go to NASCAR, that he uses any influence to bring Rallycross to more Americans, and even make rally more popular by default.
      • 4 Years Ago
      makes sense, sounds like he's ready for a real challenge (@ the update :P)
      • 4 Years Ago

      Maybe he'll go to Ford like his buddy Ken Block. Or maybe Mitsubishi is looking to go bigger in the American Rally scene.
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