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.
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.”