Travis Pastrana’s career is full of firsts: winning the first-ever X Games, landing the first-ever double backflip and building an empire with the Nitro World Games.
Over the years, Travis Pastrana has become notoriously synonymous with his heart-stopping extreme stunt performances in disciplines such as freestyle, rally and rallycross. Travis is so entrenched in the space that he's credited with introducing rally to the X Games, founding the Nitro World Games and most recently launching Nitro Rallycross, which will kick off its global debut with a 10-stop championship in 2022.
He has a raft of world records under his belt, competes in multiple disciplines, is renowned for pushing himself to the limits and is the man behind many a new trick, particularly in freestyle motocross where he performed the first Rodeo 720 in competition. Travis’s list of career firsts is extensive and includes winning the first-ever X Games in California and landing the world’s first double backflip on a motorbike in 2006, not to mention replicating three of Evel Knievel’s famous motorcycle jumps in Las Vegas.
Since then, he's wowed the crowds and earned his peers’ respect by constantly pushing the boundaries of what's deemed possible on two and four wheels. His unique talent makes him not only an athlete, but a pioneer of the sport he excels in – conjuring up new tricks and smashing previous records at almost every event. Travis has had his fair share of injuries and failed attempts along the way, but without his bravery, creativity and sheer talent to progress motorsports, the X Games and Nitro Circus entities would not be the internationally renowned sporting spectacles that they are today.
After a two-year stint in NASCAR for Roush Fenway Racing in 2012 – 2013, Travis returned to his roots with rally racing for the Subaru Rally Team USA in the Rally America series, after winning four consecutive championships with the Subaru Rally Team from 2006 – 2009.
He has also gone back to his motocross roots. In October 2014, Pastrana entered the inaugural Red Bull Straight Rhythm and not only claimed the win in his second heat against Josh Hansen, but also celebrated in true Travis style: with a backflip! Even though he was pipped to the post one race later, his performance was a true testament to his undying skill and relentlessness for all-things motorsport! And in 2019, he made a jaw-dropping return to Red Bull Straight Rhythm for a head-to-head competition against Tyler Bowers, who edged out Travis to claim the 500cc title.
In 2020, Travis strapped into his rallycross car to take the reins of the infamous Gymkhana series for its 11th installment. Gymkhana 2020: Travis Pastrana Takeover; Ultimate Hometown Shred (also referred to as Pastranakhana) put Travis behind the wheel of his 862-horsepower Subaru as he took to the streets of his hometown of Annapolis in Maryland to shred, show off and fully “send it.” In the piece, he pulled off a 120ft (37m) jump across Annapolis’s waterway and completed a waterfront donut which featured part of the car hanging out over the water in a way that only Travis Pastrana can. It’s safe to say that whatever comes next for the action sports and motorsports legend will only continue to add to his legacy of pushing the boundaries of the sports he competes in.