Pastrana not returning to NASCAR in 2014
November 11, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Action sports star Travis Pastrana informed his fans Monday that he will not return to NASCAR racing in 2014.
In a thorough post on his Facebook fan page, Pastrana said he was grateful for the opportunity but cited a lack of sponsorship, subpar results and his wish to spend more time with his family as his reasons for leaving the sport. His announcement and shift in focus means Saturday’s season-ending Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will likely be his final NASCAR Nationwide Series start.
"I hate to quit and I hate to fail, but sometimes things work out as they should," Pastrana said in his Facebook message. "I've never been able to figure out the finesse required in pavement racing and that is disappointing, but I'm looking forward to driving more rally and racing more off-road trucks and there will be some announcements on those fronts shortly."
Pastrana signed with team owner Jack Roush before the 2013 season, joining former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne as a full-time teammate in his No. 60 Ford. Though known for his extreme two-wheeled acrobatics on motorcycles, Pastrana had climbed the ranks through the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East while driving for team owner Michael Waltrip.
Pastrana soldiered through much of this season without sponsorship and failed to finish six races because of crashes, managing just four top-10 finishes -- his best, a ninth-place effort at Richmond International Raceway in April. His biggest highlight came one race later at Talladega Superspeedway, where he landed his only Coors Light Pole Award and led four laps before a wreck eventually ended his day.
In stepping away, Pastrana acknowledged the balance of family with a rigorous 33-race schedule on the Nationwide Series as another reason for his departure. Pastrana and his wife, Lyn-Z, welcomed an addition to the family with the birth of their first child, Addy, in September.
"My wife Lyn-Z has been more then supportive of my foray into NASCAR, often times being my biggest source of encouragement and support," Pastrana wrote. "But as my wife had to take a step back from being a professional skater to let me chase my goals in racing, I too need to take a step back and look at my situation as a father and husband."