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Travis Pastrana, No. 99 iRacing.com Toyota Camry Langley Preview

TRAVIS PASTRANA

No. 99 iRacing.com Toyota

Langley Speedway

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CORNELIUS, N.C. — Travis Pastrana’s accident at last July’s X Games forced the action sports star to miss his much anticipated NASCAR Nationwide debut at Indianapolis and cancel his entire 2011 NASCAR schedule.

As he recovered from his shattered right ankle at his Maryland home, the 11-time X Games gold medalist realized he was falling behind on his NASCAR schedule before he even started.

That’s when iRacing stepped in.

IRacing.com, the world’s leading online motorsports service, supplied Pastrana with one of its state-of-the-art simulation machines. With its laser-scanned tracks and cars, the online motorsports simulation site served as a vital tool in preparing Pastrana for his 2012 NASCAR races. Not only did Pastrana practice on his own, but he also raced with fellow iRacers.

Pastrana has been successful in every form of motorsports he’s tried—from motocross and supercross to Rally. But he’s well aware of the challenges ahead of him as he transitions to the top ranks of stock car racing. He knows iRacing has and will be a vital tool in his success.

PASTRANA QUOTES

ON iRACING: “I am on my iRacing machine as much as I can. It’s amazing how real the tracks and the racing are. The iRacing simulation machine is a tremendous amount of help for me. It lets me take some laps on a track I have never seen before. My big problem is I don’t know how to get the cars set up for each track. I am constantly calling Mike Greci (crew chief) and asking him for advice. Normally, it takes about 30 minutes and a few calls to get the car pretty close to perfect. The sim machine isn’t exactly like being behind the wheel of a race car, but it’s pretty close.”

NOTES OF INTEREST

· East Race TV Coverage: Saturday’s race will air June 28 on SPEED at 3 p.m. ET.

· Pit Box: Longtime crew chief Mike Greci will serve as Pastrana’s crew chief this season.

· Testing: Pastrana tested the K&N Pro Series East Toyota at Langley on June 15th.

· Lights, Camera, Action: Pastrana’s Nitro Circus The Movie 3-D will be released August 10. The movie has plenty of NASCAR references. Pastrana199 Racing prepared the school bus that jumped more than 150 feet in the opening scenes. To watch the trailer: Click Here

Track Start Finish

East

Irwindale 20 6

Phoenix 10 25

Richmond 38 26

Iowa 40 19

Loudon 36 28

Bristol 19 12

Greenville 3 20

Richmond 4 23

Iowa 11 4

B Gray 21 14

Nationwide

Richmond 25 22

Darlington 25 17

Iowa 15 26

Charlotte 42 23

About KevinBobbitt

Kevin Bobbitt is the Director of Marketing at iRacing.com. He has been with iRacing since 2007 and is a long time marketing professional bringing more than 16 years of experience in both online and offline consumer marketing to the job. Kevin's commitment to iRacing starts with his passion for motorsports. He is a fan of anything powered by an engine. When not racing on iRacing or watching a race on TV he can likely be found at the track or an autocross site in his Porsche 944S2. Kevin is also the commissioner, punisher and all around rule maker for the Rennsport Racing League run on iRacing. Kevin resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two boys.

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