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Pastrana apparently injured in X Games wreck

July 29, 2011, David Caraviello, NASCAR.com



Pastrana apparently injured in X Games wreck
INDIANAPOLIS -- Status for Saturday's Nationwide Series debut still unknown after crash

The much-anticipated Nationwide Series debut of Travis Pastrana could be in jeopardy after the action-adventure star apparently injured himself attempting a motorcycle trick at the X Games on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

Pastrana went down in a heap while trying a 720-degree rotation, and the rider was visibly frustrated as he was helped from the stadium floor. A correspondent with ESPN, which was broadcasting the event, later reported that the rider had fractures in his right foot and ankle.

"I'm on my way to the hospital for x rays, something with my foot, I'll keep everyone posted," Pastrana wrote on Twitter soon after the mishap. "Might be driving with my hands on Saturday."

Pastrana is scheduled to make his inaugural Nationwide start Saturday night at Lucas Oil Raceway, the short track outside Indianapolis, in a car he co-owns with Michael Waltrip. Pastrana has competed in four K&N Pro Series events as a tune-up for his national series debut.

There was no immediate word from Pastrana's race team about his status for Saturday. Earlier in the week, he talked about the fear factor involved in some of his action-adventure exploits, and how preparation helps him overcome it.

"Really, fear is what makes you stronger, more alert and makes everything else kind of go away and allows to you focus," he told reporters on a conference call. "The great part is, usually if you come in with confidence, for me, fear is of the unknown. If I'm sitting on the starting line or sitting about to drop in for a trick, and I don't know what's going to happen, I'm always nervous. But if you do the homework, you put in the practice and you are aware of the consequences. There's really not a lot to be scared of after you make the decision, that is it worth it or is it not worth it."