Q&A with Travis Pastrana at X Games Brazil

We talk with the multi-talented athlete as he prepares for the Rallycross session in Foz do Iguacu.

Travis Pastrana X Games Brazil Foz do Iguacu
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Travis, you’ve just been out for your first practice on the Rallycross track here in Foz do Iguacu. What do you make of the course?
The layout’s amazing! We’ve just got to figure out how to get the dust down so that the crowd can enjoy everything and see some awesome racing...When it’s dusty, you can still get good traction. You just can’t see anything unless you’re leading!

You’re back for another crack at Rallycross this year. Can you describe how disappointed you were with what happened to you at last year’s event in Los Angeles when you were taken out in the first corner of your first heat?
X Games has been my biggest event. We did a lot of testing, had the car set up well and qualified second - we really felt like we had a chance to win that event. So it was really disappointing when that chance ended so early in the race.

Travis Pastrana Dodge Dart X Games Los Angeles 2012 rallycross
Pastrana was disappointed at last year's X Games© ESPN Images

How is your 2013 car different to the one that you used in 2012?
We worked a lot with the suspension and have done some wind tunnel testing as well. The Dodge Dart is such a great platform! We hope to make even more improvements as the year goes on.

Do you think you’ve got a good chance of winning in Brazil?
Our team is really excited to come down to Brazil. It’s our first mostly dirt course, which will suit both Bryce [Menzies, his Pastrana Racing team-mate] and I very well. This is a course kind of made for us. Our Dodge Dart has got a lot more stability than the short-wheelbase cars like the Fiestas, so we get a lot more traction in the dirt.

How many of the summer X Games can we expect to see you at this year? And are we finally going to see you take on Sebastien Loeb?
I'll be at three of the four X Games this year, just missing Munich. And I hope to be racing Loeb - it's still something I want to do!

Away from the X Games, how’s life in NASCAR? Is it a bit of a strange discipline to go to after rallying?
I feel like all racing helps for all other racing, but NASCAR is built for much more speed and you drive a rear wheel drive car much differently than an all wheel drive car.

You’re known for trying your hand at a lot of different sports. Can we expect to see you at something like the Dakar one day?
For now I'm fully committed to being successful in NASCAR and growing my rallycross team with Bryce. I would love to race Dakar in the future but not anytime soon.

And finally, when you look back on all of your X Games medals, which one are you most proud of?
My first rally win [in 2006], when it was a true rally and I got to compete against my hero, Colin McRae.

Travis will be out on track on Sunday 21st April for the Rallycross session at X Games Foz do Iguacu in Brazil.