Former X-Games Gold medalist and Rally Car champion Travis Pastrana will run full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in the 2013 season for Roush Fenway Racing. The team announced Thursday that the 29 year old will run in all 33 Nationwide Series events in car #60 with a variety of sponsors.
"I am extremely excited about making the move into full-time NASCAR competition in 2013 and equally thrilled to have the opportunity to make that move with Jack Roush and the team at Roush Fenway Racing,” said Pastrana. “I am very serious about making this move, running competitively and ultimately winning races in NASCAR,” added Pastrana. “No team can claim the success in the Nationwide Series that Roush Fenway has, and I know driving an RFR Ford will provide me with the maximum opportunity to develop my skills behind the wheel of a stock car.”
Pastrana made nine starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series including one for Roush Fenway Racing in the 2012 season. His best finish was 17th which he did three times.
Pastrana's crew chief will be Chad Norris, who was Carl Edwards crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series in 2012. Team owner Jack Roush is excited about the deal with Pastrana.
"Travis is a champion,” said Roush. “It takes a great deal of drive and determination to reach that level of greatness in any field. He is serious about this move to NASCAR and we are committed to doing everything we can to see his career develop in NASCAR. We would certainly expect to see a great level of excitement brought to the table as he progresses within our sport.”
Roush Fenway Racing will have a two car operation in the Nationwide Series in 2013. Pastrana will join 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne who will run the #6 Ford, which was driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr the last two seasons.
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