• Nov 11th 2010 at 4:45PM
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Pastrana-Waltrip Racing Team – Click above to watch video after the jump

Yesterday we learned Travis Pastrana had officially left Subaru and has teamed up with Michael Waltrip to run a Toyota in the 2011 NASCAR season. What we just found out, however, is that Pastrana is not simply a driver for the Waltrip team – the two have joined forces to create Pastrana-Waltrip Racing. Running in the NASCAR Nationwide series, Pastrana plans to compete in seven races during the 2011 season, followed by 20 more races in 2012.

Pastrana's appeal could give NASCAR a shot in the arm by attracting a raft of new fans to the sport. His racing background is varied, but he has done quite well behind the wheel of a wide assortment of cars, including multiple stints at the annual Race of Champions. Typically, those events involve left and right turns, and thus, Pastrana has pasted reminders on his car not to turn right (seriously).

Check out Travis Pastrana showing off his new Toyota racer in the video after the jump.

[Source: Pastrana-Waltrip Racing]

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Creates Pastrana-Waltrip Racing To Own & Drive Nationwide Toyotas

CORNELIUS, N.C. - Travis Pastrana is coming to NASCAR in 2011
After mining gold medals in the X Games, shattering jump records on both motorcycles and automobiles and starring as a cultural icon for the action sports world, the star of MTV's "Nitro Circus" is ready to turn his attention to America's most popular form of motorsports – NASCAR.

Michael Waltrip Racing, Gary and Blake Bechtel and Pastrana announced today the creation of Pastrana-Waltrip Racing that will field cars in the NASCAR Nationwide Series beginning in 2011.

Pastrana-Waltrip Racing will focus on creating programs that expose the action sports world's fans and participants to NASCAR and develop youth marketing initiatives designed to create greater awareness of both sports.

Initial plans are for Pastrana to compete in seven NASCAR Nationwide races in 2011 and twenty races 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," Pastrana said. "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!"
Pastrana-Waltrip Racing will field Toyotas out of the Michael Waltrip Racing shop in Cornelius, N.C. Waltrip noted the importance of the youth demographic Pastrana brings to NASCAR.

"Travis has built an enormous and unique following all over the world," said Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 champion. "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."

Travis Pastrana is one of the most recognized and celebrated athletes in the world. An action sports icon, Pastrana owns 16 X Games gold medals along with multiple supercross, motocross and rally championships in his career. Pastrana also created the Nitro Circus empire, which includes a television show, live tours and a soon-to-be-released feature film.

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      • 4 Years Ago

      Hold on a minute, no one said he was leaving Rally only that he was leaving Subaru. Considering he is only running a partial schedule in 2011 there is no reason why he wouldn't also run rally but with a different manufacturer.

      Since his NASCAR team is Toyota powered maybe Toyota is following him into Rally as well.
        • 4 Years Ago

        There are more than a few Toyota models that are offered in Japan as AWD variations.

        This is why the Scion tC is legal in Formula Drift because Toyota makes the same chassis in AWD.

        If Rally America has similar rules I wouldn't be surprised if we see an AWD Scion tC, xB, or as you jokingly suggested a Yaris.

        Ironically for Toyota the Yaris would make the most sense since its in the same category as Ford's Fiesta that Ken Block is running.
        • 4 Years Ago
        With what? A stretched Yaris with a RAV4 4WD drivetrain shoved in?
      • 4 Years Ago
      So in other words, Travis has retired.
        the fly
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wish Travis had teamed up with Robby Gordon for this NASCAR try out. I would REALLY love to see the two of them as a team, in seperate automobiles, in places like Dakar and The Baja. Think about it... how awesome would that be? As far as NASCAR, that would be an outstanding pair on the road courses as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is like Ladainian Tomlinson going to play cricket. He won't be any good at it, and his fans won't want to watch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this guy USED to be my hero:(
        • 4 Years Ago
        night flight bet u didnt know i dont drink beer my favorite F1 driver is hamilton or that i try watching as many wrc events with kenblock in it also i wish to own a VW CC.
        oh and i bet you didnt know id rather take a mustang over a camaro....until the z28 that is

        so hey, dont assume you know me or what im about.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Speedaddict88

        Expected comment coming from someone who loves Camaros.

        Camaro pilots and NASCAR go together like Bud Light and trailer parks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        well if he wasn't before, hes certainly becoming more and more of my hero!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm glad he's going to cash in while doing something he enjoys, but, as much as I like the guy, I won't be tuning in. NASCAR is still too boring to watch, at least for me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GOO Douchbag motorsports
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this even real? With the overall-wearing redneck ('Hubert') and silly southern-ish accents, this seems more like a spoof than a intro to a new race team..

      'Hey Hubert, where's the key man?'

      'I know how to to turn left, we got this. C'mon!'
      • 4 Years Ago
      Com'on, he's from Texas, maybe when he was a kid he has always liked NASCAR, and maybe Richard and Dale were his idols back in the day. This is dream come truth for him maybe, who knows. Ricky Carmichael can race NASCAR, why not him? If he doesn't do well, he can always do something else. Same thing said to him when he switch from 2 wheels to 4 wheels.

        • 4 Years Ago
        TP aint from Texas y'all... he's an East coaster from Maryland. This kid learned a long time ago how to parlay his popularity into $$$.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This site is nothing but NASCAR bashers so I am not sure why Autoblog keeps posting anything with the word NASCAR in it but I think it's cool. I'd rather see Pastrana in the truck series though so he can go heads up with Ricky Carmichael :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a waste. For real.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm happy if he's happy, but didn't he turn right at the end of the video there? Just saying...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since this leaves an open seat for me in the rally car, I'm all for it.

      Although Travis P's stock took a nose-dive in my opinion!
      • 4 Years Ago
      will this make watching NASCAR bearable? in all likelihood, no.
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