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- Travis Alan Pastrana was born October 8th, 1983 in Annapolis, Maryland. He was on a motorbike by age 4, and found his calling in motocross, winning five National Amateur titles in the 1990s as well as two Canadian titles. In 1998, 14-year-old Pastrana captured the world freestyle championship.
- In 1999, Pastrana won his first X Games gold medal in MotoX Freestyle, the first of 10 in his career. In 2006, he won three golds: MotoX Best Trick, MotoX Freestyle and Rally Car Racing. Pastrana was attempting to complete “Pastranathon” in 2011 – Best Trick in the X Games, a Nationwide Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and an X Games RallyCross event – when he broke his right foot and ankle attempting a trick, putting an end to the Nationwide Series race; he would compete in the RallyCross event using a specially-devised hand-steering control.
- In 2005, Pastrana began competing in Rally America for Subaru Rally Team USA, winning four straight championships (2006 to 2009); he also competed in the World Rally Championships for Subaru from 2007 to 2009.
- Pastrana made his NASCAR debut at the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on January 29th, 2011, finishing sixth. After his Nationwide Series debut was scrapped following his X Games accident, he finally made his series debut on April 27th, 2012, finishing 22nd at Richmond; he will compete in seven total Nationwide Series races in 2012, as well as racing in the K&N Pro Series East, Global RallyCross and the Traxxas TORC off-road series throughout the year.
- Pastrana was instrumental in the development of “Nitro Circus,” an “action sports collective” featuring Pastrana and some of his friends riding bikes and performing stunts. “Nitro Circus” has become a series of DVDs, a television show and a live performance tour.
- Pastrana is married to Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins, a professional skateboarder who has three gold medals in the Summer X Games; Pastrana proposed to her in the middle of a “Nitro Circus” tour show in Las Vegas.
- Find out more about Pastrana at http://www.travispastrana.com/.