Saturday, March 17, 2012

Travis Pastrana to cut back NASCAR schedule

   While X-Game star Travis Pastrana still hopes to have a fulltime NASCAR career at some point, it looks like his schedule in NASCAR events will get curtailed again this season as he has committed to race the entire schedule of the 2012 Global RallyCross Series.

   Pastrana, who is running the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Bristol, Tenn., on Saturday, spoke about his decision.

   "Unfortunately -- or fortunately -- my background in Rally, the sponsors know that I can do well. I've had a proven record in Rally. We're funding a lot of the NASCAR races through the Global RallyCross and, I tell you what, that's a fun series. It's something that I really enjoy doing," Pastrana said.

   " We had planned on doing more, kind of getting away from everything I was doing in the past, but with this it gives me an opportunity to keep racing, keep you in cars and it really helps with the sponsorship to hopefully continue on and do the best that we can in NASCAR. 

   "Unfortunately, I won't be able to make three of the K&N races and the initial plan was to do the entire K&N championship, so that was very disappointing, but at the same time I think we'll be able to hopefully use those races because they're at the NASCAR tracks.  Hopefully, we'll be able to acquire more sponsorship, more fans and, hopefully, build both programs as much as we can."