Pastrana to make Daytona 500 try with 23XI
Travis Pastrana will try to make his NASCAR Cup collection debut in subsequent month’s Daytona 500, driving a 3rd entry for 23XI.
The six-time U.S. rally champion and reigning Nitro Rallycross champion will drive the No. 67 Toyota Camry for the third-year group, with backing from the Black Rifle Espresso Firm.
“I’m thrilled on the probability to race within the Daytona 500,” stated Pastrana. “It’s the one occasion yearly that each one my family and friends come collectively to look at at our buddy Dale’s home, and it’s an occasion I’ve wished to race my whole life.
“My first supercross win got here at Daytona after I was 16 years outdated, and I certified third at Daytona for the Xfinity collection in 2013. That race didn’t find yourself effectively, however I used to be capable of end tenth regardless of the very fact I crossed the end line backward by way of the infield grass at 180 mph.”
Pastrana, a veteran of 42 Xfinity races – with a greatest end of ninth – and 5 Truck collection races, most just lately the autumn 2020 race at Las Vegas, should race his manner into the five hundred by way of one of many two Duel races.
“Making an attempt to earn one of many only a few remaining spots in qualifying for the most important race I’ve ever had the chance to compete in won’t be a simple process, however I’m assured the 23XI workforce will give me a automotive that belongs within the present and really consider I’ve the talents to get it there,” stated Pastrana. “It was crucial for me to place my greatest foot ahead and I’m joyful to undertake this endeavor with the 23XI Toyota workforce. They’re all the time aggressive at superspeedways, so I do know we will likely be robust after we get to Daytona.”
Eric Phillips, who for the final two seasons has served as crew chief for John Hunter Nemechek within the Truck collection and beforehand labored with the likes of Daniel Suarez, Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin within the Xfinity collection, will function Pastrana’s crew chief.
“We’re excited to welcome Travis to the workforce as he competes for a spot within the Daytona 500,” stated 23XI president Steve Lauletta. “He is without doubt one of the most well-known and well-decorated motion sports activities athletes of all time, and we’re trying ahead to serving to him in his quest to race within the Daytona 500.
“Attracting a driver of Travis’ stature speaks volumes to the success 23XI Racing has had in our first two seasons and factors to the optimistic path by which we’re headed. Apart from the chance to introduce Travis’ devoted fanbase to 23XI and NASCAR, this race additionally offers an opportunity for extra of our workforce members to broaden their duties as we proceed to develop and strengthen the workforce.”