Travis Pastrana’s much anticipated debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway has been called off after the action sports star crashed at the X-Games.
Pastrana was competing at the annual Olympics of action sports when he crashed, breaking his right ankle and foot.
The 27-year-old bought into NASCAR squad Diamond-Waltrip Racing late last year, renaming it Pastrana-Waltrip Racing, as he contemplates a switch from freestyle motocross to the oval-based racing world.
Pastrana spoke to television network ESPN following his release from the X Games medical centre, saying: “I am sorry this happened and will be back in action as soon as I can. I look forward to Pastranathon 2012 at X Games 18.”
Famous across the United States thanks largely to his Nitro Circus MTV program, Pastrana had competed in four NASCAR K&N Pro Series races earlier this year in preparation for this weekend’s Nationwide race.
Australians were in fine form during Thursday’s ‘Best Trick’ competition at the X-Games, with countrymen Jackson Strong, Cam Sinclair and Josh Sheehan sharing the podium.
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