• Mar 9, 2011
Travis Pastrana ruins two cars in 24 hours – Click above to watch video after the jump

A day in the life of Travis Pastrana is probably a bit more exciting than our own 24-hour standard stretch of day-in/day-out minutia. We don't race rally cars, do multiple back-flips on a dirt bike or try our hand at NASCAR. Interestingly enough, it's that last one that seems to be giving Pastrana some trouble. He's a man not used to failing, but so far his Pastrana-Waltrip Toyota racecar has an unhealthy attraction to the wall.

Travis was behind the wheel at the K&N Pro Series West NASCAR race when he crashed multiple times. The car went on the trailer and Pastrana headed for a waiting jet, which whisked him off to Salem, Missouri. There, Pastrana hopped into the more familiar territory of his Subaru rally car. Competing in the Rally America National Championship, things were looking good until Pastrana's Subie decided to dance with the tree-lined surroundings. Mother nature won but driver and co-driver, thankfully, walked away.

It certainly makes for an interesting 24 hours. We're glad that it was only cars that were hurt, and we're also glad the cameras were rolling. Click past the jump to spend 24 hours in Pastrana's Alpinestar shoes.

[Source: Vimeo via Alpinestars]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Still a cool life none-the-less, and I'd rather hang out with Travis over Ken Block anyday.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't help but wonder if he signed on for Nascar just for the money, and then just crashes on purpose for the hell of it. If you knew him, you wouldn't put it past him. He has such a history with extreme sports, I can kind of see him being like "Hell yeah I'll drive in Nascar! Yall watch this!" and then smashes it, not caring at all. Also worth noting, he has a sticker inside his car that says WARNING DO NOT TURN RIGHT.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wow, Gruv returns with a good comment about NASCAR./sarcasm

        You're a giant idiot, Gruv. TP finished 6th in his 1st NASCAR race and this was his first and only crash for right now.

        Also, NUMEROUS drivers who have come over from sports that usually are prominent road course motorsports have had the sticker on the dash that says "WARNING: DO NOT TURN RIGHT!" Even back during the days Mario Andretti ran NASCAR, he had a reminder that told him not to turn right.

        By the way, you can stop using that insult towards NASCAR. You've overused it a hundred times too many. Plus, it's irrelevant considering NASCAR as a whole goes to 4 road courses durin a season.
      • 3 Years Ago
      TP is gonna be fun to watch at X-games(he'll probably take alotta golds home) and will probably be even more to fun to watch in his first nationwide race at ORP of all places new faces in NASCAR are nice to see and will be a welcoming addition haha with Danica getting a 4th at Las Vegas last week i wouldn't be surprised if these 2 were gunning at each other next time they race together if at all this year as both are running different limited schedule's.
      • 3 Years Ago

      2 crashes in 24 hours - you see what happens when you don't listen to that lil' voice in your head that said stay in bed today ?

      Jokes aside - I'm glad Travis and no one else was physically injured.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A few observations:
      1)Autoblog, get it right. When he went to Missouri, he was not using "his" Subaru rally car. It was a rented/borrowed LAST generation sedan from Vermont Sportscar. "His" rally car, or at least the one he USED to drive professionally, was a current generation STi hatchback.
      2)Travis says two disturbing things at the NASCAR race: "I don't even know what all these switches are for!" BAD race prep by him, owners, and crew if he doesn't know that before the race. "I thought we'd have a top five finish." Really? In your first ever NASCAR race? Hopefully he was at least somewhat kidding on both scores.
      3)Travis says that he's never had this particular codriver for a rally (Jeremy Wimpey). While that's true, he, I, and rally people know that Jeremy is really good and experienced at codriving.
      4)Travis says Missouri rally car is "old school" and he was "all over the place" driving it. I believe that's quite possible. Also, that lack of comfort/familiarity with the car is a likely contributor to his crash at that rally.
      5)Travis is a great, personable guy, and a terrific talent on wheels. NASCAR, like a lot of things, is harder than it looks. Maybe Travis will succeed in NASCAR, maybe not. Either way, I wish him well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      not even Travis Pastrana could get me to sit through and watch an entire Nascar race
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, I recorded his first race at Irwindale, and after I realized it was nothing but cautions I turned it off. So boring.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I am with you on that one. I tried watching the Vegas races last weekend and I ended up turning it off to play Black Ops.

        The Nascar announcers are really good and the overall coverage is all great. However, it is really boring when you have to sit and watch racecars go 65mph during cautions just because a driver bumped the wall. HA! I found it funny that the Nascar announcers called them debris cautions! For what? Some bits of rubber and paint chips!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was actually at the rally and got to meet Travis. He was a super cool guy. It was awesome in fact I am in the video @ 2:35!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ohhhh... that was you!

        What's with the pink shirt and shoes though??
      • 3 Years Ago
      That video kinda... sucked. I mean, I'm all for the in-car video, but I really wanted to see the crash, and it didn't show any of them from outside the car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This young man will make a significant mark on NASCAR racing. Great to see a charismatic new addition to NASCAR!!!!
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