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Travis Pastrana
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Travis at a public appearance before racing his open class '09 Subaru WRX Sti at the 2009 Lake Superior Performance Rally
Personal information
Full name Travis Alan Pastrana
Nickname(s) TP, Wonderboy, Gimp
Date of birth October 8, 1983 (1983-10-08) (age 26)
Place of birth Annapolis , Maryland
Sport
Sport(s) Rally, Motocross, Supercross, Freestyle Motocross, Base Jumping
Event(s) X Games, RedBull X Fighters, Dew Tour, Rally America
Sponsors
Current Suzuki, RedBull North America, KICKER Audio, Smith Optics, Thor Motocross, Activision, Alpine Stars, Nixon, Ogio, DC Shoes, Michelin, Parts Unlimited[1][2]
Achievements and titles
X Games Freestyle MotoX Gold (6) and Silver Medalist, MotoX Best Trick Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist, Rally Racing Gold (2) and Silver[3] Medalist.

Travis Alan Pastrana (Born October 8, 1983, in Annapolis, Maryland) is a motorsports competitor and stunt performer who has won championships and X Games gold medals in several events, including supercross, motocross, freestyle motocross, and rally racing.

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Motocross/Supercross

Pastrana has won two motocross racing championships, the 2000 A.M.A. 125cc National championship, and the 2001 125cc East Coast Supercross Championship. Pastrana also raced in the 2000 MX of Nations. Pastrana moved up to the 250cc class in 2002. Pastrana's stand-up style, ability to spot jump combinations and great speed through the whoops make him easy to spot on the track. Although Pastrana has never won a 250cc race, his kindness to the fans and love of the sport still makes him one of the most popular riders of all time. Pastrana has always raced and competed on Suzuki motorcycles, and remains fiercely loyal to the brand. He races with Team Cernic's Suzuki. His motorcycles and rally cars carry the number 199.

Team Puerto Rico

Robert Pastrana, Travis Pastrana's father and veteran of the United States Marine Corps, is a native Puerto Rican which made Travis directly eligible to represent Puerto Rico in international competition.[4] On February 27, 2008, the Asociación de Motociclismo de Puerto Rico (Motorcycling Association of Puerto Rico) provided him with a license to represent the island, which was accepted by the Unión LatinoAmericana de Motociclismo, the relevant sanctioning body in Latin America.[4][5] His debut with the team took place on March 15, 2008. Here he qualified to the finals by defeating Erick Vallejo of México. In the finals he finished third, behind local Costa Rican racer Roberto Castro and Vallejo.[5]

X Games

  • 1999 - Pastrana wins the first ever MotoX Freestyle event at the X-Games. He also scores the highest ever run of 99.00 points.
  • 2000 - Pastrana wins the gold medal first time
  • 2001 - Pastrana wins his third gold, still the only person to win the event.
  • 2003 - Pastrana reclaims his gold and becomes the second rider ever to complete a 360 in competition.
  • 2004 - Pastrana crashes while trying a 50ft (15m) 360, sustaining a concussion, but is able to compete the next day and wins a silver medal. Nate Adams becomes the only rider to beat Pastrana at that time. Before this event, he had won Bronze in Best Trick, performing a One-Handed 360 and a Superman Seat Grab-Indian Air Back flip.
  • 2005 - Pastrana wins his fifth gold in Freestyle and also attempts the first ever Backflip Barspin on a motorcycle, however the bike fails and he resorts to a regular bike and performs a Backflip Saran Wrap to take Silver in Best Trick.
  • 2006 - Pastrana becomes the third athlete to win three Gold medals at one X Games Event. He wins Gold in MotoX Best Trick and Freestyle and Rally Car. Pastrana also performs the first Double Backflip in competition, scoring a 98.60, the highest score in the Best Trick competition at X Games.
  • 2007 - Pastrana takes bronze in Rally after sliding into the other drivers area while inside the Home Depot Center. He is disqualified but retains his medal. He also competes in the first MotoX Racing at X Games, but doesn't achieve a medal after two false starts in the heat race and last chance qualifier.
  • 2008 - Pastrana takes gold in Rally and competes in the Speed & Style event but doesn't place.
  • 2009 - Pastrana attempts a rodeo 720 at X Games 15 in the Moto X Best Trick Event. He crashes on his first attempt and withdraws from his second after experiencing blurred vision. He places 4th for his efforts. He takes silver in Rally after being defeated by rookie and former Indy Car/Indy 500 champion Kenny Bräck.
  • 2009 - On November 8, Pastrana landed the famous Rodeo 720, and filmed it in his newest movie, Nitro Circus - Country Fried. once he landed the trick, he named it the TP7, due to the fact that he was 20 degrees short of 720.

Rallying

In 2003, Pastrana opened a rallying career in the Race of Champions, and began driving for the Subaru-backed Vermont SportsCar rally team in 2004. Starting in 2006, Pastrana was signed by Subaru to lead their new Subaru Rally Team USA, being paired once again with veteran co-driver Christian Edstrom. On August 5, 2006 Pastrana won the gold medal in the first rally car competition at the X Games, edging out rally legend Colin McRae by 0.53 seconds after McRae rolled his car through the last jump.

Pastrana and Edstrom clinched the 2006 Rally America National Series overall and open class championship on October 22, 2006 during day one of the Lake Superior Performance Rally. The team finished out the 2006 series with another first-place victory at the Wild West Rally in Olympia, Washington on December 31, 2006.

On December 16, 2006 Pastrana competed at the 2006 Race of Champions at the Stade de France in Paris. He represented the United States in the Nations' Cup by himself, after injuries forced teammate Jimmie Johnson and his replacement Scott Speed to withdraw.

February 19, 2007 brought news that Pastrana's longtime co-driver Edstrom had announced a sabbatical to concentrate on his career and family. Although former McRae co-driver Derek Ringer is set to compete with Pastrana for the 100 Acre Wood Rally in Salem, Missouri and Rally America, he has not announced a permanent replacement co-driver.

Pastrana driving a classic Ford Escort Mk1 at the 2008 Colin McRae Forest Stages.

In September 2008, Pastrana took part in the Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally, a round of the Scottish Rally Championship centred in Perth in Scotland. Derek Ringer was his co-driver and they entered in a historic Ford Escort RS1600. He was one of a number of celebrity drivers to take part in the event in memory of McRae, who died in 2007.

On August 29, 2009 Pastrana claimed the overall victory at Ojibwe Forests Rally, his fifth of the 2009 Rally America season. The victory sealed his fourth consecutive Rally America driver's title, the most in series history. [6]

Complete Rally America results

Year Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Drivers Championship Points
2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Sno*Drift
DNP
Oregon Trail
2
Susquehannock Trail
14
Pikes Peak
6
Maine Forest
DNF
Ojibwe Forests
3
Colorado Cog
DNF
LSPR
2
5th 61
2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Sno*Drift
2
Rally in the 100 Acre Wood
DNF
Oregon Trail
2
Susquehannock Trail
2
Maine Forest
2
Ojibwe Forests
1
Colorado Cog
1
LSPR
3
Wild West Rally
1
1st 137
2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Sno*Drift
1
Rally in the 100 Acre Wood
2
Oregon Trail
DNF
Olympus Rally
DNF
Susquehannock Trail
3
New England Forest Rally
1
Ojibwe Forests
1
Rally Colorado
3
LSPR
1
1st 130
2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Sno*Drift
DNF
Rally in the 100 Acre Wood
2
Olympus Rally
2
Oregon Trail
1
Susquehannock Trail
DNF
New England Forest Rally
3
Ojibwe Forests
3
Rally Colorado
1
LSPR
3
1st 130
2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Sno*Drift
1
Rally in the 100 Acre Wood
DNF
Olympus Rally
1
Oregon Trail
1
Susquehannock Trail
2
New England Forest Rally
1
Ojibwe Forests
1
Rally Colorado
DNF
LSPR
1
1st 151
2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Sno*Drift
1
Rally in the 100 Acre Wood
DNF
Olympus Rally
Oregon Trail
Susquehannock Trail
New England Forest Rally
3 23

International competition

Pastrana, Colin McRae and Ken Block at the X Games XIII.

On December 13, 2006, Subaru Rally Team USA announced plans to enter Pastrana in certain World Rally Championship events in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

In the 2007 season, he raced three P-WRC events in the Group N class, driving a Subaru Impreza WRX STI–based rally car. During March 9–11 2007, Pastrana competed in his first world rally at the 21º Corona Rally México. He finished fifth in the P-WRC (Group N) class (the best in-class finish by an American in a WRC event since John Buffum finished third in the Acropolis Rally in 1988), followed by a tenth place in Rally Argentina and an eleventh in Rally GB. Pastrana described his season as having gone "horribly".[7]

Pastrana's 2008 season in the P-WRC was even less successful, with one retirement following a crash on stage one of Rally Argentina[8] and one thirteenth place on the Acropolis Rally.

Injuries

Injuries have often taken Travis Pastrana off the circuit for weeks or months. His medical record includes multiple concussions, a broken back, several shoulder dislocations and severe knee problems due to cartilage degeneration.

When Travis was 14-years-old, he was severely injured while competing in an FMX competition. He came up short landing on the top of the front side of the landing ramp and the motor cycle went from 50 mph (80 km/h) to 0 mph in less than a second. The bike was stuck into the dirt ramp with the front wheel just over the top and the crank case smashed into the dirt deep enough to support the entire bike upright. Upon impact Travis froze in the upright riding position and his feet went straight out to the sides like he was trying to straddle a bull. As soon as his legs went outward he fell off the motorcycle and his father took off across the dirt course if fear of what anyone who witnessed this knew. He was seriously injured. In the process of the crash he separated his spine from his pelvis. It also left him in a wheel chair for three months.[9] “I was in and out of consciousness for about three days and had six blood transfusions,” says Pastrana. He also adds that according to doctors only three people in the U.S. have ever lived after this kind of injury. It was a long, difficult recovery. In typical Pastrana fashion Travis would routinely ride wheelies in his wheel chair around the hospital and therapy areas. While in the wheel chair recovering he vowed to continue motorcycle jumping. “I don’t remember most of the injuries there have been so many.” His laundry list includes: the dislocated spine, in his left knee he’s torn his ACL, PCL, LCL, MCL, his bucket handle meniscus, broken his tibia and fibula, he’s had surgery on his left wrist twice, left thumb once, two surgeries on his back, one on his right elbow, nine on his left knee, six on the right knee, one shoulder surgery which left him with the only piece of metal he has in his body.[1]

Other activities

Pastrana features as a hidden surfer in the 2002 video game Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer.

On September 26, 2007, Pastrana jumped out of an airplane over Arecibo, Puerto Rico, without a parachute in a carefully choreographed stunt. He met up in midair with another jumper, then latched himself into a harness to make a safe tandem landing. [2]

Pastrana lent his voice to the game Colin McRae: DiRT as himself and the in-menu voice as well.

Travis also has ownership in the new company, Ethika - under armour for Action Sports.

On Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 10:00 PM, MTV Nitro Circus, his new television show that he is an executive producer on premiered. A spinoff of MTV's Jackass, the shows share producer, Jeff Tremaine and was partly created by Jackass frontman, Johnny Knoxville. It features Jolene Van Vugt, Erik Roner, Streetbike Tommy, Andy Bell, JD Larson, Jim Dechamp, among others doing dangerous stunts. Jackass' Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius and Steve-O; BMX freestylers, T. J. Lavin and Mat Hoffman; and actor, Gary Coleman have guest starred on various episodes. The Nitro Circus was also featured on an episode of MTV's Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory and vice-versa.

On Thursday, December 31, 2009, Travis officially set a new world record in ramp-to-ramp car jump. He jumped his rally car off the Pine Street Pier onto a floating barge anchored in Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor, shattering the existing mark of 171 feet (52 meters) and establishing a new world distance record at 269 feet (82 meters). To celebrate, after getting out of his car, he performed a gainer from the landing ramp into the harbor below.[10]

Pastrana 199 monster truck

Pastrana 199 is a monster truck that races on the USHRA circuit. The truck is owned by Live Nation and sponsored by Travis Pastrana. It was originally driven by Paul Cohen, then driven by Chad Tingler, and is currently driven by Courtney Jolly. Travis made his monster truck debut on October 18, 2006 in the 199 monster truck at the 2006 Monster Jam. Also, on an episode of Nitro Circus, Travis attempts to backflip the Nitro circus themed monster truck. Though unsuccessful, he walked away without injury. In 2008-2009, the 199 truck was driven by Pastrana's good friend Cam McQueen. McQueen was invited to the 2009 World Finals for his second appearance. Pastrana himself competed in the freestyle competition of the event, finishing in a three-way tie for 5th place in a field of 24 trucks.

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