Despite 60 Broken Bones, Bubba Wallace’s New Mate & Michael Jordan’s Latest Hire Risking It All for His Grandma

Published 01/18/2023, 10:45 AM EST
NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 25: Michael Jordan, co-owner of 23xi racing and NBA legend greets Bubba Wallace (#23 23XI Racing Root Insurance Toyota) on pit road during qualfying for the 2nd annual Ally 400 on June 25, 2022 at Nashville SuperSpeedway in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

A motorsport icon, Travis Pastrana has done it all! Having participated in several disciplines, including motocross, rally racing, and supercross among others, the four-time Rally America champion would now be participating in the Great American Race.

However, no matter how illustrious the driver’s career has been, the Daytona 500 is always a challenge. Moreover, with 60-plus incidents of broken bones throughout his career, it is safe to say that there is definitely something unique that might have motivated Pastrana to compete in Daytona.

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While talking to the Associated Press on Tuesday, Pastrana revealed that he would be driving alongside Bubba Wallace for Michael Jordan-owned 23XI Racing. Moreover, he added that Black Rifle Coffee will be his sponsor in his quest to fulfill the great American dream.

His Grandma’s love for Daytona

Furthermore, he shared that driving in Daytona holds a big place in his and his family’s heart. Probably the kind of motivation that pushed the 40-year-old X Games star to go for it. He said,

“My grandma watched the Daytona 500. It was our one really big family/friend event that everybody pretty much in our county would go and watch. It was a holiday for us.” Pastrana added, “It has a big place in my heart, a lot of great memories, and I always said, ‘Man, one day I’d love to go racing in the Daytona 500.'”

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Travis Pastrana on driving the fast motor

Although Travis Pastrana has seen it all, he still feels that driving at Daytona comes with intense pressure. He said,

“Everything else that I do uses a lot of practice. But this is the first time I’ll ever [drive] a Cup car over 40 mph. The first time I’ll ever have a Cup car on the Daytona track. The first time I’ll ever be in front of the world with all the sponsors and everything trying to qualify — will be my qualifying lap.”

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However, irrespective of that, Travis did admit that after breaking his pelvis last year, he thinks that he needs to slow down. Although he loves driving with all his heart, he feels like he needs more time with his family. He said,

“I realized that it’s very difficult to stay on top, and I’ve been very fortunate to have a long career. And it’s — I wouldn’t say it’s over or coming to an end — but definitely, my priorities are changing.”

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Maybe Pastrana’s participation in Daytona 500 this year is a reflection of what he currently feels. Even though he has no plans of retirement in the near future, he is aware that his career is slowly inching toward an end. Hence, why not seize the day by fulfilling his great American dream?

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Devyani Sharma

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Devyani Sharma is a NASCAR Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed her postgrad in English Literature, she has worked as a content writer for a while now. With over three years of experience in the field and hundreds of articles published on the web, Devyani has now associated with EssentiallySports to start her journey in the world of sports journalism.

Edited By: Akash Pandhare

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