Travis Pastrana may not be expected to win a NASCAR Nationwide championship in his first full year in the series, but the action sports legend is expected to bring some fun back to the sport. Thursday, during the last day of the Sprint Media Tour in Charlotte, Pastrana definitely stood out in the crowd.
On stage at the NASCAR Hall of Fame for a press conference Thursday, Roush Fenway drivers Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were dressed in black suits with grey shirts and owner Jack Roush wore khaki trousers and a white dress shirt.
Pastrana, who will be driving Roush Fenway’s historic No. 60 Ford Mustang in all 33 Nationwide events in 2013, wore a gray-and-purple plaid jacket, purple shirt, tennis shoes and a baseball hat.
Most NASCAR teams work hard to project an image of professional drivers and team members during the four-day Sprint Media Tour Presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway, where teams share news and answer media questions either at their race shops, the NASCAR Hall of Fame or the host hotel. Pastrana marches to a different drummer.
Pastrana hopes his fans, including his more than 580,000 Twitter followers, will see the excitement he feels for his new sport and follow him to NASCAR. He said the biggest adjustment he has had to make, going from Supercross racing to NASCAR, is learning to be patient.
Pastrana has made nine career Nationwide starts, including one for Roush Fenway last September at Richmond where he qualified a career-high fifth and had a 17th-place finish. He will team up with veteran NASCAR crew chief Chad Norris and will be partnered with a variety of sponsors during the season.