Pastrana Calls It Quits In NASCAR

Travis Pastrana has announced his return to Rally America's Subaru Rally Team USA. (HHP/Christa L. Thomas Photo)
Travis Pastrana will not return to NASCAR in 2014. (HHP/Christa L. Thomas Photo)
Travis Pastrana will not return to NASCAR in 2014. (HHP/Christa L. Thomas Photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – Travis Pastrana won’t return to Roush Fenway Racing – or NASCAR for that matter – in 2014.

The action sports star, who has competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series full-time in 2013, made the announcement on his official Facebook page Monday afternoon.

“This past season of NASCAR has been an awesome experience. I have made a lot of great friends, had a lot of fun and gained a new appreciation for all aspects of this sport,” Pastrana said on Facebook. “Jack Roush and everyone at Roush Fenway Racing have gone above and beyond to try and help me succeed and I am truly grateful for their support. I would like to thank them and all of the other people who stuck behind me during the last two years as I tried to learn how to make a successful career in NASCAR. It’s tough to step back now and prove the critics were right, but unfortunately my results were not good enough to get the sponsors I needed to appropriately fund next season.”

Pastrana, a successful action sports and rally racing star, began his foray into NASCAR in 2011 when he formed a partnership with Michael Waltrip to create Pastrana Waltrip Racing. An injury sidelined him for most of that year, but he returned in 2012 and made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut thanks to a partnership between Waltrip and RAB Racing.

After making nine Nationwide starts in 2012, Pastrana signed a deal to drive full-time for Roush Fenway Racing this season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In 32 starts this year, Pastrana has scored four top 10 finishes and one pole at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

“I hate to quit and I hate to fail, but sometimes things work out as they should,” Pastrana said. “I’ve never been able to figure out the finesse required in pavement racing and that is disappointing, but I’m looking forward to driving more rally and racing more off-road trucks and there will be some announcements on those fronts shortly.”