23XI Racing taps Travis Pastrana for Daytona 500 bid

23XI Racing taps Travis Pastrana for Daytona 500 bid

23XI Racing announced Tuesday that the organization has added action-sports star Travis Pastrana to its driver roster for the season-opening Daytona 500.

The 23XI group teased the news last Friday through its social-media channels, and The Athletic reported hours later that the agreement was in place. Tuesday, the Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin-owned team rolled out its official plans for Pastrana to drive the No. 67 Black Rifle Coffee Company Toyota in stock-car racing’s biggest event.

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Should he qualify for the 40-car field, the Feb. 19 running of The Great American Race (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM) would mark Pastrana’s NASCAR Cup Series debut. The effort will be in a third 23XI entry alongside the No. 23 Toyota of Bubba Wallace and the No. 45 Camry for Tyler Reddick.

Pastrana, 39, most recently competed in NASCAR in 2020, driving in a pair of Craftsman Truck Series events for Niece Motorsports. He also progressed through NASCAR’s ladder system to an eventual full-season ride in the 2013 Xfinity Series with team owner Jack Roush.

That 33-race stint in his brightly colored No. 60 Ford produced one pole position (at Talladega), four top-10 finishes and Pastrana’s most extensive experience in stock cars. He has a total of 42 Xfinity Series starts, five appearances in the Truck Series and 11 starts in what is now known as the ARCA Menards Series East.

Pastrana is best known for his endeavors in multiple action sports, where he has been a regular medal winner in the X Games on two wheels and four. His background is rooted in motocross and rally racing events and stunts, but he has also competed in stadium super trucks, monster trucks and sports cars; Pastrana shared a GT-class Ferrari with Michael Waltrip and others in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2012.

Pastrana adds his name to an already intriguing short list of drivers with open, non-chartered teams hoping to reach the Daytona 500 starting grid through pole qualifying (Feb. 15) or the Bluegreen Vacations Duel qualifying races (Feb. 16). Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will attempt to make the field and his first start since 2020 with the newly re-branded Legacy Motor Club and its No. 84 Chevrolet.

The 40-car field will be made up of 36 chartered teams and four “open” entries without charters. Of those four, two will earn starting berths based on their qualifying speeds, and the other two will clinch starting spots through the twin 150-mile Duel qualifying races.