Travis Pastrana's accomplishments are legendary: world freestyle champion at age 14, five-time U.S. amateur motocross champion, two-time Canadian amateur motocross champion, youngest rider to ever represent the United States at the Motocross des Nations in France, 125cc pro national outdoor champion, 125cc East Supercross Series champion, and most successful competitor in the history of X Games freestyle motocross. Equally impressive on four wheels, he has attained four championships in the Rally America Series, and in 2011 made his NASCAR debut, in a pursuit of dominating this sport as well. Despite Pastrana's success and the considerable adoration that accompanies it, the lanky Nitro Circus superstar has maintained a reputation of being just like the guy next-door - maybe nicer.
Born in Maryland in 1983, Pastrana excelled at mountain biking and school. However, by the age of four, he was already riding a Honda one-speed and found his true calling – motocross. After winning five Loretta Lynn National Amateur crowns, two Canadian titles, and the World Freestyle Championship, all before the age of 14, Pastrana devoted his full attention to pro competition emerging as the 125cc national champion and was 3rd overall in the National Supercross series. He was named the AMA Rookie of the Year, joined America's Motocross des Nations team, and took a repeat freestyle Gold at the Summer X Games. In 2001, Pastrana's dominance continued when he won the 125cc East Supercross Series championship and was awarded Motocross Rider of the Year at the ESPN Action Sports & Music Awards. By 2005, he had accumulated a career total of five X Games gold medals, five gold medals from Gravity Games, and additional wins at events including the Dew Tour and Red Bull X-Fighters.
Always pushing the next level of motocross, Travis tested the waters in Rally car racing and in 2006 he became one of the youngest drivers to ever win a Rally America Championship. He continued to dominate the sport, as a four time reigning champion in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2010, Travis increased his career X Games medal count to 16 by adding two more golds in freestyle moto and speed & style. That same year, Pastrana set two world records. The first was longest ramp-to-ramp car jump with a 269 foot jump which shattered the previous 171 foot record. The second record came when Pastrana ascended Mount Whitney in his Subaru WRX STi in 6min 20.47 seconds, setting the world record for fastest ascent of the mountain in a car.
In 2011 Pastrana turned one of his lifelong dreams into reality by making the jump into NASCAR as both a driver and team owner under newly formed Pastrana 199 Racing. Pastrana is set out to make his imprint on this great American sport, and all of America is excited to watch.