Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 11/8/14


Travis Pastrana’s accident at last July’s X Games forced the action sports star to miss his much anticipated NASCAR Nationwide debut at Indianapolis and cancel his entire 2011 NASCAR schedule.

As he recovered from his shattered right ankle at his Maryland home, the 11-time X Games gold medalist realized he was falling behind on his NASCAR schedule before he even started.

That’s when iRacing stepped in.

IRacing.com, the world’s leading online motorsports service, supplied Pastrana with one of its state-of-the-art simulation machines. With its laser-scanned tracks and cars, the online motorsports simulation site served as a vital tool in preparing Pastrana for his 2012 NASCAR races. Not only did Pastrana practice on his own, but he also raced with fellow iRacers. 

Pastrana has been successful in every form of motorsports he’s tried—from motocross and supercross to Rally. But he’s well aware of the challenges ahead of him as he transitions to the top ranks of stock car racing. He knows iRacing has been and will continue to be a vital tool in his success.

PASTRANA ON iRACING: “I am on my iRacing machine as much as I can. It’s amazing how real the tracks and the racing are. The iRacing simulation machine is a tremendous amount of help for me. It lets me take some laps on a track I have never seen before. My big problem is I don’t know how to get the cars set up for each track. I am constantly calling Mike Greci (crew chief) and asking him for advice. Normally, it takes about 30 minutes and a few calls to get the car pretty close to perfect. The sim machine isn’t exactly like being behind the wheel of a race car, but it’s pretty close.”


· East Race TV Coverage: Saturday’s race will air June 28 on SPEED at 3 p.m. ET.

· Pit Box: Longtime crew chief Mike Greci will serve as Pastrana’s crew chief this season.

· Testing: Pastrana tested the K&N Pro Series East Toyota at Langley on June 15th. 

· Lights, Camera, Action: Pastrana’s Nitro Circus The Movie 3-D will be released August 10. The movie has plenty of NASCAR references. Pastrana199 Racing prepared the school bus that jumped more than 150 feet in the opening scenes. To watch the trailer: Click Here

Travis Pastrana’s 2012 NASCAR finishes

Track               Start     Finish


Irwindale          20         6         
Phoenix           10         25 
Richmond        38         26
Iowa                40         19
Loudon           36         28
Bristol             19         12
Greenville        3          20
Richmond        4          23
Iowa                11         4
B Gray             21         14


Richmond       25         22
Darlington       25         17
Iowa                15         26
Charlotte         42         23


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