X Games legend Travis Pastrana will make his debut in the Daytona 500 this weekend after an impressive qualifying performance
Bucky has adapted to rallycross much faster than most people will ever know. When you consider that he typically gets fewer than a dozen laps of practice before his couple of qualifying laps—and then it’s right into the races—it’s amazing that he’s battling with guys like Ken Block, Tanner Foust and Travis Pastrana (all of whom seem to live in a car!). From my perspective, it’s what he brings from skateboarding that allows him to just jump in, mix it up, and adapt so quickly.
Dodge and Pastrana Racing will team up for a second season of Global Rallycross, fielding two Dodge Dart racecars in 2013.
It was announced today that Subaru and lead driver of almost five seasons, Travis Pastrana, have decided to go their separate ways. Thus ends a relationship that has brought countless victories to the Subaru Rally Team including earning four consecutive Rally America National Championship titles from 2006 until 2009 while commanding the Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
Travis Pastrana’s enviable motorsports resume—which already features such mundane entries as double backflipping a motorcycle, jumping a car 270 feet across Long Beach Harbor, and capturing enough X Games gold to bailout Wall Street—expanded this weekend to include a new sport called vehicular ice dancing, and subsequently, his fourth Rally America Sno*Drift victory. Actually, ice drift might be a better term, as the Northern Lower Michigan roads used by the racers were the slickest in recent memory, thanks to a soaking rain followed quickly by a drastic drop in temperature—all less than a week before the race. As a result, the gravel roads were more like rivers of glare ice, and since studded tires aren’t legal in Michigan, and since rally cars must be street legal, well, you see where this is headed.
Just a few hours north of the Winding Road garage, a somewhat unorthodox racing event has been occurring since 1973. Unorthodox, that is, for racing enthusiast in the United States. Rally racing is a huge deal in just about every other part of the world, though it never really caught on in the States until a YouTube Gymkhana hero and a former motocrosser with a penchant for backflipping just about everything got involved. Going into 2010, more than a few eyes are now watching the Rally America series with keen interest, and Winding Road will be there for the kickoff event of the season—Sno-Drift 2010.
In case you missed it, Travis Pastrana jumped a Subaru 269 feet onto a barge to celebrate the new year. Then, to celebrate his world record jump, he did a backflip into the harbor.