NASCAR Notebook: Pastrana to Nationwide
CONCORD — X Games star Travis Pastrana will drive the full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule this year in Roush Fenway’s No. 60 Ford Mustang.
Roush Fenway co-owner Jack Roush and Pastrana announced the move Thursday. Roush said the 11-time X Games gold medalist in motorcycle events is serious about making a full-time move to NASCAR and plans to drive in all 33 Nationwide races. He has made nine career Nationwide starts.
“Travis is a champion,” Roush said. “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.”
RFR will have two full-time Nationwide entries with Pastrana and 2010 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne in the No. 6 Ford. Pastrana will team with veteran crew chief Chad Norris.
“I am very serious about making this move, running competitively and ultimately winning races in NASCAR,” said Pastrana, who is also a motocross and rally car champion. “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.”
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will team with Wayne Taylor Racing regulars Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series’ season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Wayne Taylor Racing announced Thursday that they will drive the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette Dallara DP in the Jan. 26-27 race.
Last year, Hunter-Reay helped drive the No. 2 Starworks Motorsport Ford Riley to a 10th-place finish, teaming with Marco Andretti, Michael Valiante and Scott Mayer.
Hunter-Reay won the series’ 2007 1,000-mile endurance race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, teaming with Marc Goosens and Jim Matthews.
Also, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer will team with Michael Waltrip Racing owners Michael Waltrip and Rob Kauffman and road racer Rui Aguas in the Ferrari 458 GT.