Sunday, October 2, 2011
Travis Pastrana leaving X Games
DOVER, Del. -- Travis Pastrana is about to say goodbye for good to the X Games.
Pastrana, the 11-time X Games gold medalist, was scheduled to make his Nationwide Series this season until he broke his right ankle and foot in the Best Trick competition in late July in Los Angeles.
Pastrana still uses crutches and was expected to have the pins in his ankle removed on Monday.
He said he's committed to running for Michael Waltrip Racing next season and has no plan to return to the extreme event that made him a star. Pastrana was injured attempting a trick called the 720. He fell the first time, tried again and suffered the nasty injuries.
"That was supposed to be my exit from X Games," he said Sunday at Dover International Speedway. "Not exactly the exit I was looking for. But it was still an exit."
Pastrana made his NASCAR debut on Jan. 29 when he finished sixth in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway. Pastrana was scheduled to run a total of seven Nationwide Series races this season with his debut July 30 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.
He's won 16 gold medals at the X Games, multiple supercross, motocross and rally championships and has become a fan favorite with his motorcycle and automobile jumps. He was the first to do a double backflip on a motorcycle and has won four Rally America championships.
Pastrana said he'll continue to drive motorcycles once he's medically cleared.
"I just will not be on it this year and do not plan on being in it for X Games ever," he said. "But at the same time, motorcycles is something that I always do for training. ... I'm not going to say that I'm not going to never do motorcycle stuff again."