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Since Pastrana is the grand marshal for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the no-contract branch of Sprint took the opportunity to introduce the contest in the Samsung Media Center at the track. There’s no purchase necessary to win, but to be eligible one must have a Samsung Boost Mobile device with an account in good standing as of July 28, 2012. For more information visit www.TravisMillionDollarSweeps.com.
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Pastrana fielded a few questions in the media center, including one about the injury that delayed his previously planned Nationwide Series debut. He indicated that while breaking his ankle was unfortunate, he believes that the additional time to watch races and run in the K&N Series ultimately benefited him.
He’ll run Darlington, Charlotte, Loudon, Chicago, Indianapolis and of course, Atlanta.
In addition, Pastrana returns to the Great American Speedway the weekend of June 7-9 along with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IZOD IndyCar series. He'll be driving in the Global RallyCross Championship.
I got a moment to speak with him after the appearance and asked him about the transition from individual events to team competitions. Pastrana said, “I’ve always run individual events. I had one person working on my bike, and then moved to rally cars where there are three people and I have another driver. With the Nationwide car there are so many people.”
Pastrana explained that he prefers to know everyone that’s working with him but with the stock car, he has a hard time meeting everyone.
How does an event like the Samsung 500 compare to the X Games? “The X Games are much looser, more informal. This is very focused, which is good.”
Finally, what does his mother think about him racing stock cars? “She’s the happiest person in the world right now,” he said. “She still gets upset, but I calm her down. Now at least there’s a roll cage."
Given his experience with representing sponsors through his extreme sports career, if Travis Pastrana exhibits the same kind of talent and determination that he has shown in performing tricks on a motorcycle, he should have a stellar career.