Pastrana's Nationwide debut set for Richmond, announces 2012 schedule

Travis Pastrana speaks to the media during the Charlotte media tour.
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Racing at Richmond International Raceway just got a bit more exciting. Travis Pastrana announced Friday his 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series debut is set for April 27 at RIR.

Pastrana, an 11-time X-Games gold medalist, will be racing in only seven Nationwide races due to maintaining his rookie status for 2013. The extreme sports athlete also plans to run 11 K&N Pro Series races starting at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.

Pastrana is ready to go, healed from injuries he suffered last year, and has been working with Matt Crafton to prepare himself for his NASCAR debut.

“I was pretty much unable to do anything for a couple months, but as soon as they let me I was back behind the wheel testing and preparing for this upcoming season," said Pastrana. "I have to thank Boost Mobile for its patience and understanding – they didn’t have to stick with me through all this, but they did and I really appreciate it. I really hope to reward their commitment once I get back behind the wheel at Richmond.”

Pastrana will be racing under a technical alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing, who will provide personnel and equipment to the newly former Pastrana199 Racing team. Boost Mobile, a long-time backer of Pastrana, will sponsor all seven Nationwide Series events and will serve as sponsor for four K&N races. Pastrana is seeking sponsorship for the remainder of the races.

Nationwide Series Schedule:
Richmond                  April 27
Darlington                  May 11
Charlotte                    May 26
New Hampshire         July 14
Chicagoland               July 22
Indianapolis               July 28
Atlanta                       Sept. 1

K&N Series Schedule:
Bristol                      March 17
Greenville-Pickens     March 31
Richmond                 April 26
Iowa                        May 19
Bowman Gray           June 2
Langley                    June 23
Iowa                       Aug. 3
Greenville-Pickens    Sept. 3
New Hampshire       Sept. 22
Dover                     Sept. 28
Rockingham            Nov.3
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