The Travis Pastrana era in NASCAR will have to wait until next season.
The X Games star was injured while attempting a trick with his motorcycle the day before his scheduled Nationwide debut at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis. He missed the trick, broke his right ankle when the bike landed on top of it and missed the following day's race at Indianapolis.
However, there was a possibility that Pastrana would make his debut at either Richmond or Dover later in the season. But because of the injuries, he won't make his Nationwide debut until 2012.
"To give my ankle and foot time to heal properly we have decided to wait until 2012 to make my NASCAR debut,'' Pastrana said in a release. "I probably could have been ready for the final couple of races in 2011, but it just makes more sense to start fresh in 2012. We are already starting to talk about testing and what I need to do to prepare for next season."
Pastrana joined forces with Michael Waltrip to form Pastrana-Waltrip Racing in the Nationwide Series. Pastrana was scheduled to run seven Nationwide races in 2011 — a mix of short and intermediate tracks — and 20 races in 2012. No word on how the 2011 setback will affect his 2012 plans.
- Travis Pastrana